Git autocompletion and autocorrect.

April 30, 2014

Estimated reading time 2 minutes

At work I use Git alot. Most of the time I type too fast and my screen produces jibrish, commonly known as typos. To prevent this frmo happening, there is a fix.

Git itself has a bunch of configuration options to customise behaviour, preferences and visual appearance.

The man git tells us;


This option is available only in Git 1.6.1 and later. If you mistype a command in Git, it shows you something like this:

$ git com
git: 'com' is not a git-command. See 'git --help'.

Did you mean this?

If you set help.autocorrect to 1, Git will automatically run the command if it has only one match under this scenario.

git config --global help.autocorrect 1

The final parameter to that command is the amount of seconds, unline what the manual states. Setting it to 15 means 1.5 seconds, setting it to 1 means 0.1 seconds.

Git Autocompletion.

Open up Terminal and type in the following;

curl -o ~/.git-completion

This downloads the git-completion script and places it in your home folder.

Open up ~/.bash_profile with your favorite editor and add the following line at the end of it.

source ~/.git-completion

You are now good to go. No open a new Terminal tab or force this command by ‘refreshing’ the terminal by typing source ~/.bash_profile Still in Terminal type git com and press the tab key. This should either autocomplete the command or if there are more commands starting with ‘com’ show you a list of possible options.

Enjoy! No moer typos in Git.

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