Git with less typing

Shared Repository

In the shared repository model, the source of truth is a single shared repository. This pattern is popular with individuals and smaller teams. Each developer clones to a repository on their own machine and makes their changes. When they are ready to share, they push to a branch on the single shared repository. If they are using pull requests, each change goes onto a distinct branch for review. Otherwise, usually commits go directly to the default branch (e.g. main).


When setting up your working copy, you will first clone the repository.

gg clone
cd foo

Replace the URL as needed.

Making Changes Directly to the Default Branch

If you are working by yourself or your team does not use pull requests, you will typically make changes directly to the default branch (e.g. main).

# hack hack hack
gg commit -m "Added a feature"
gg push

If the push fails because someone else pushed commits while you were working, you can rebase your commits on top of the new commits.

gg pull && gg rebase

Making Changes on a Feature Branch

In a pull request workflow, every change should be on a separate branch. gg branch will automatically handle setting the branch’s upstream, which is used for determining the default branch for merges and rebases.

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 Feature Branch

If your feature branch changes (for example, if another team member adds commits), then first you need to download the new commits from your fork using gg pull.


Replace CURRENT_BRANCH with the name of your current branch.

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