Git with less typing

Fork and Pull

The fork and pull model popularized by GitHub is the most common way to use gg. When using this model, the project has a primary repository that only the maintainers of the project have write access to. Contributors make changes by sharing a cloned repository (called the fork) with new branches. Contributors send pull requests to maintainers, who then review the code and merge in the changes.


When setting up your working copy, you will first clone the repository as normal, then add your fork as another remote. gg respects the remote.pushDefault Git configuration option on pushes, which reduces the amount of typing you need to push your commits.

gg clone
cd foo
git remote add myfork
git config remote.pushDefault myfork

Replace the URLs and the name myfork above as needed.

Making Changes

Every change should be on a separate branch. gg branch will automatically handle setting the branch’s upstream. If you configure your working copy as detailed in the Cloning section, gg push will automatically push your local branch to your fork with the same branch name.

gg branch myfeature
# hack hack hack
gg commit -m "Added a feature"
gg push --new-branch -r myfeature

If you’re on GitHub, you can use gg requestpull (commonly abbreviated to gg pr) to create a pull request from the command line.

gg pr

To make changes after code review, simply push more commits to your branch and run gg push again.

# hack hack hack
gg commit -m "Addressed code review comments"
gg push

(Your pull request will automatically be updated; there’s no need to create it again.)

Syncing Your Work with the Upstream Branch

If the upstream branch (e.g. main) changed, then you can use gg merge to merge in commits.

gg pull && gg merge

If there are no conflicts or test breakages, you can run gg commit to commit the merge.

Syncing Your Work with your Fork’s Branch

If your fork’s branch changes (for example, if a maintainer adds commits), then first you need to download the new commits from your fork using gg pull.

gg pull -r CURRENT_BRANCH myfork

Replace CURRENT_BRANCH with the name of your current branch and myfork with the name of the remote you added in the Cloning section.

Once you’ve downloaded the commits, you will need to either merge or rebase your local commits. Merging will create a new commit that merges the two streams of work, whereas rebasing will recreate your changes on top of the downloaded commits.

To create a merge commit:

gg merge FETCH_HEAD
# Resolve any conflicts, run tests.
gg commit

Or to rebase your commits onto the downloaded changes:

gg rebase --base=FETCH_HEAD --dst=FETCH_HEAD

Switching Among Changes

You can list all of your branches with:

gg branch

You can use gg update to switch to a different branch.

gg update myfeature
gg update main