Git for Everyone

Setting up GIT Bash autocompletion

Run the following command:

curl > ~/.git-completion.bash

This should create the .git-completion.bash file in your home dir.

Then add the following to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile after PATH:

# Set the base PS1
export PS1="\t: \W$ "

# Source the git bash completion file
if [ -f ~/.git-completion.bash ]; then
    source ~/.git-completion.bash
    PS1='\t:\[\033[32m\]$(__git_ps1 " (%s)")\[\033[00m\] \W$ '

export PS1

-bash: __git_ps1: command not found

If you are seeing this error, this is because the __git_ps1 function from the completion functionality was moved into a new file (

You can either source the that comes with your installed version of Git, if it has it, or you can download and install a new one.

curl -o ~/

... and add the following line to your ~/.bash_profile:

source ~/

Git status

This will display the branch name next to the folder name in the bash prompt.

Symbols after the branch name indicate additional information about the repo state:

  • *: The branch has modifications
  • $: There are stashed changes
  • =: The branch is equal with the remote branch
  • <: The branch is behind the remote branch (can be fast-forwarded)
  • >: The branch is ahead of the remote branch (remote branch can be fast-forwarded)
  • <>: The branch and remote branch have diverged (will need merge)