How to set-up Git autocomplete on MacOS¶
When a developer is working on a project that has multiple contributions it can become tedious to manually type out branch names everytime. Git autocomplete resolves this issue by allowing for branches to be completed by using the tab button to complete the branch you were writing out.
Installing Git autocomplete¶
First, open up the terminal in your mac and run the
curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/git/git/master/contrib/completion/git-completion.bash -o ~/.git-completion.bash
No need to worry about what directory you're in when you run this as your home directory(~) is used with the target.
Adding 'execute if exists' code¶
Open your Bash profile with the following command
And add the following line :
test -f ~/.git-completion.bash && . $_
Once added, save and close your Bash file
After the previous steps have been completed the following command should be executed
chmod u+x ~/.git-completion.bash
This is needed to grant yourself the necessary permissions:
chmod is the command that modifies file permissions.
+ u means the user that owns the file, by default its creator, i.e. you
+ means set/activate/add a permission
x means execute permission, i.e. the ability to run the script
Once the previous steps have been completed, quit terminal and reopen it, you should then be able to use tab to auto complete git commands.