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A Supercharged Git/Shell Autocompleter with GitHub Integration.

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Git Command Line

Although the standard Git command line is a great tool to manage your Git-powered repos, it can be tough to remember the usage of:

  • 150+ porcelain and plumbing commands
  • Countless command-specific options
  • Resources such as tags and branches

Out of the box, the Git command line does not provide integration with GitHub, forcing users to toggle between command line and browser.

gitsome: A Supercharged Git/Shell CLI with GitHub Integration

gitsome aims to supercharge the standard git/shell interface by focusing on:

  • Improving ease-of-use
  • Increasing productivity

GitHub Integration

gitsome provides direct integration with GitHub.

Not all GitHub workflows work well in a terminal; gitsome attempts to target those that do.


Git and GitHub Autocompleter with Interactive Help

gitsome will autocomplete and provide interactive help for the following:



General Autocompleter

gitsome will autocomplete the following:

  • Shell commands
  • Files and directories
  • Environment variables
  • Man pages
  • Python


Fish-Style Auto-Suggestions

gitsome supports Fish-style auto-suggestions. Use the right arrow key to complete a suggestion.


Python REPL

gitsome is powered by xonsh, which supports a Python REPL.

Run Python commands alongside shell commands:


Additional xonsh features can be found in the xonsh tutorial.

Command History

gitsome keeps track of commands you enter and stores them in ~/.xonsh_history.json. Use the up and down arrow keys to cycle through the command history.


Customizable Highlighting

You can control the ansi colors used for highlighting by updating your ~/.gitsomeconfig file.

Color options include:

'black', 'red', 'green', 'yellow',
'blue', 'magenta', 'cyan', 'white'

For no color, set the value(s) to None.


Available Platforms

gitsome is available for Mac, Linux, Unix, and Windows.


Not all GitHub workflows work well in a terminal; gitsome attempts to target those that do.

  • Add additional GitHub API integrations

gitsome is just getting started. Feel free to contribute!


GitHub Integration Commands

Installation and Tests


GitHub Integration Commands Syntax


$ gh  [param] [options]

GitHub Integration Commands Listing

  configure            Configure gitsome.
  create-comment       Create a comment on the given issue.
  create-issue         Create an issue.
  create-repo          Create a repo.
  emails               List all the user's registered emails.
  emojis               List all GitHub supported emojis.
  feed                 List all activity for the given user or repo.
  followers            List all followers and the total follower count.
  following            List all followed users and the total followed count.
  gitignore-template   Output the gitignore template for the given language.
  gitignore-templates  Output all supported gitignore templates.
  issue                Output detailed information about the given issue.
  issues               List all issues matching the filter.
  license              Output the license template for the given license.
  licenses             Output all supported license templates.
  me                   List information about the logged in user.
  notifications        List all notifications.
  octo                 Output an Easter egg or the given message from Octocat.
  pull-request         Output detailed information about the given pull request.
  pull-requests        List all pull requests.
  rate-limit           Output the rate limit.
  repo                 Output detailed information about the given filter.
  repos                List all repos matching the given filter.
  search-issues        Search for all issues matching the given query.
  search-repos         Search for all repos matching the given query.
  starred              Output starred repos.
  trending             List trending repos for the given language.
  user                 List information about the given user.
  view                 View the given index in the terminal or a browser.

GitHub Integration Commands Reference:

See the GitHub Integration Commands Reference in for a detailed discussion of all GitHub integration commands, parameters, options, and examples.

Check out the next section for a quick reference.

GitHub Integration Commands Quick Reference

Configuring gitsome

To properly integrate with GitHub, you must first configure gitsome:

$ gh configure

Listing Feeds

Listing Your News Feed

$ gh feed


Listing A User’s Activity Feed

View your activity feed or another user’s activity feed, optionally through a pager with -p/--pager. The pager option is available for many commands.

$ gh feed donnemartin -p


Listing A Repo’s Activity Feed

$ gh feed donnemartin/gitsome -p


Listing Notifications

$ gh notifications


Listing Pull Requests

View all pull requests for your repos:

$ gh pull-requests


Filtering Issues

View all open issues where you have been mentioned:

$ gh issues --issue_state open -issue_filter mentioned


View all issues, filtering for only those assigned to you, regardless of state (open, closed):

$ gh issues --issue_state all --issue_filter assigned

For more information about the filter and state qualifiers, visit the gh issues reference in

Filtering Starred Repos

$ gh starred "repo filter"


Searching Issues and Repos

Searching Issues

Search issues that have the most +1s:

$ gh search-issues "is:open is:issue sort:reactions-+1-desc" -p


Search issues that have the most comments:

$ gh search-issues "is:open is:issue sort:comments-desc" -p

Search issues with the “help wanted” tag:

$ gh search-issues "is:open is:issue label:"help wanted"" -p

Search issues that have your user name tagged @donnemartin:

$ gh search-issues "is:issue donnemartin is:open" -p

Search all your open private issues:

$ gh search-issues "is:open is:issue is:private" -p

For more information about the query qualifiers, visit the searching issues reference.

Searching Repos

Search all Python repos created on or after 2015, with >= 1000 stars:

$ gh search-repos "created:>=2015-01-01 stars:>=1000 language:python" --sort stars -p


For more information about the query qualifiers, visit the searching repos reference.

Listing Trending Repos and Devs

View trending repos:

$ gh trending [language] [-w/--weekly] [-m/--monthly] [-d/--devs] [-b/--browser]


View trending devs (devs are currently only supported in browser):

$ gh trending [language] --devs --browser

Viewing Content

The view command

View the previously listed notifications, pull requests, issues, repos, users etc, with HTML nicely formatted for your terminal, or optionally in your browser:

$ gh view [#] [-b/--browser]


The issue command

View an issue:

$ gh issue donnemartin/saws/1


The pull-request command

View a pull request:

$ gh pull-request donnemartin/awesome-aws/2


Setting Up .gitignore

List all available .gitignore templates:

$ gh gitignore-templates


Set up your .gitignore:

$ gh gitignore-template Python > .gitignore


Setting Up LICENSE

List all available LICENSE templates:

$ gh licenses


Set up your or LICENSE:

$ gh license MIT > LICENSE


Summoning Octocat

Call on Octocat to say the given message or an Easter egg:

$ gh octo [say]


Viewing Profiles

Viewing A User’s Profile

$ gh user octocat


Viewing Your Profile

View your profile with the gh user [YOUR_USER_ID] command or with the following shortcut:

$ gh me


Creating Comments, Issues, and Repos

Create a comment:

$ gh create-comment donnemartin/gitsome/1 -t "hello world"

Create an issue:

$ gh create-issue donnemartin/gitsome -t "title" -b "body"

Create a repo:

$ gh create-repo gitsome

Option: View in a Pager

Many gh commands support a -p/--pager option that displays results in a pager, where available.


$ gh  [param] [options] -p
$ gh  [param] [options] --pager

Option: View in a Browser

Many gh commands support a -b/--browser option that displays results in your default browser instead of your terminal.


$ gh  [param] [options] -b
$ gh  [param] [options] --browser

See the for a detailed listing of all GitHub integration commands, parameters, options, and examples.

Having trouble remembering these commands? Check out the handy autocompleter with interactive help to guide you through each command.

Note, you can combine gitsome with other utilities such as Git-Extras.


Pip Installation

PyPI version PyPI

gitsome is hosted on PyPI. The following command will install gitsome:

$ pip install gitsome

You can also install the latest gitsome from GitHub source which can contain changes not yet pushed to PyPI:

$ pip install git+

If you are not installing in a virtualenv, run with sudo:

$ sudo pip install gitsome

Once installed, run the optional gitsome autocompleter with interactive help:

$ gitsome

Run GitHub-integrated commands:

$ gh  [param] [options]

Note: Running the gitsome shell is not required to execute gh commands. After installing gitsome you can run gh commands from your shell.

Running the gitsome shell will provide you with autocompletion, interactive help, fish-style suggestions, a Python REPL, etc.

Virtual Environment Installation

It is recommended that you install Python packages in a virtualenv to avoid potential issues with dependencies or permissions.

To view gitsome virtualenv installation instructions, click here.

Running the gh configure Command

To properly integrate with GitHub, gitsome must be properly configured:

$ gh configure

View more details in the gh configure section.

Enabling Bash Completions

By default, gitsome looks at the following locations to enable bash completions.

To add additional bash completions, update the ~/.xonshrc file with the location of your bash completions.

If ~/.xonshrc does not exist, create it:

$ touch ~/.xonshrc

For example, if additional completions are found in usr/local/etc/my_bash_completion.d/completion.bash, add the following line in ~/.xonshrc:


You will need to restart gitsome for the changes to take effect.

Enabling gh Tab Completions Outside of gitsome

You can run gh commands outside of the gitsome shell completer. To enable gh tab completions for this workflow, copy the file locally.

Let bash know completion is available for the gh command within your current session:

$ source /path/to/

To enable tab completion for all terminal sessions, add the following to your bashrc file:

source /path/to/

Reload your bashrc:

$ source ~/.bashrc

Tip: . is the short form of source, so you can run this instead:

$ . ~/.bashrc

Optional: Installing PIL or Pillow

Displaying the avatar for the gh me and gh user commands will require installing the optional PIL or Pillow dependency.

Windows* and Mac:

$ pip install Pillow

*See the Windows Support section for limitations on the avatar.

Ubuntu users, check out these instructions on askubuntu

Supported Python Versions

gitsome is powered by xonsh which does not currently support Python 2.x, as discussed in this ticket.

Supported Platforms

  • Mac OS X
  • Linux, Unix
    • Tested on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Windows

Windows Support

gitsome has been tested on Windows 10 with cmd and cmder.

Although you can use the standard Windows command prompt, you’ll probably have a better experience with either cmder or conemu.


Text Only Avatar

The commands gh user and gh me will always have the -t/--text_avatar flag enabled, since img2txt does not support the ansi avatar on Windows.

Config File

On Windows, the .gitsomeconfig file can be found in %userprofile%. For example:


Developer Installation

If you’re interested in contributing to gitsome, run the following commands:

$ git clone
$ pip install -e .
$ pip install -r requirements-dev.txt
$ gitsome
$ gh  [param] [options]

Continuous Integration

Build Status

Continuous integration details are available on Travis CI.

Unit Tests and Code Coverage

Run unit tests in your active Python environment:

$ python tests/

Run unit tests with tox on multiple Python environments:

$ tox


Source code documentation will soon be available on Check out the source docstrings.

Run the following to build the docs:

$ scripts/


Contributions are welcome!

Review the Contributing Guidelines for details on how to:

  • Submit issues
  • Submit pull requests


Contact Info

Feel free to contact me to discuss any issues, questions, or comments.

My contact info can be found on my GitHub page.



Copyright 2016 Donne Martin

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