Easier GitHub interactions with Hub
Have you ever been like: I wish I could just make the remote repository right from the prompt. With Hub it's possible.
Hub is pretty epic, I love it! Basically it make life easier by letting you interact with GitHub more from the command line and not from clicking GUI.
On a mac the best and easiest install method is via HomeBrew:
$ brew install --HEAD hub
Here’s a tutorial on how to install it to a Linux.
Then alias hub with git. Pop open
~/.aliases and add the following to the bottom of the file:
Test if it works:
$ git --version # If it returns the following, it works git version 2.0.0 hub version 2.2.0
Hub will prompt for GitHub username & password the first time it needs to access the API and exchange it for an OAuth token, which it saves in
Test it out by creating a remote test repo:
$ mkdir git-test && cd git-test $ touch README.md $ git init # Here's the sauce $ git create
It’ll prompt you for a password and username. For whatever reason, it returned the following error for me:
Post ssh://api.github.com/user/repos: unsupported protocol scheme "ssh"
~/.config/hub and it worked. The config file should look something like this:
github.com: - user: hilja oauth_token: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx protocol: https
Note worthy thing: you should authenticate to GitHub with SSH keys, see more here.
Note worthy thing #2: There’s a little gotcha in setting the protocol to https, because now GitHub prompts you a password every time you push or pull, it’s the intended behavior. Either, live with it, or cache your credentials, see GitHub tutorial how to do that.
If you’re unsure what the command does, you can safely test them with the
$ hub --noop create git remote add -f origin https://github.com/hilja/git-test.git echo created repository: hilja/git-test
It shows what it does, but does nothing.
First things first. This is from the docs:
git init -g OPTIONS
Create a git repository as with
git-init(1)and add remote origin at
"firstname.lastname@example.org:USER/REPOSITORY.git";USER is your GitHub username and REPOSITORY is the current working directory’s basename.
Let’s test this with an example. First without Hub:
$ mkdir git-test && cd git-test # Normal init $ init $ git remote -v # The git remote command returns nothing cause there is no remote
Then with Hub:
$ mkdir git-test && cd git-test # Hub init $ git init -g Initialized empty Git repository in /Users/hilja/code/git-test/.git/ $ git remote -v origin https://github.com/hilja/git-test.git (fetch) origin https://github.com/hilja/git-test.git (push)
With that you can skip the pointing to a remote step.
This is my favorite. So handy! Form the docs:
git create [NAME] [-p] [-d DESCRIPTION] [-h HOMEPAGE]
your GitHub username and REPOSITORY is the current working directory name. To explicitly name the new repository, pass in NAME, optionally in
ORGANIZATION/NAMEform to create under an organization you’re a member of. With
-p, create a private repository, and with
-hset the repository’s description and homepage URL, respectively.
$ git create -d "This just a test repo, ignore" origin https://github.com/hilja/git-test.git (fetch) origin https://github.com/hilja/git-test.git (push) created repository: hilja/git-test
browse command will open project’s GitHub page into your default browser.
$ git browse # Open issues $ git browse -- issues # Open pull requests $ git browse -- pulls
If it’s your own repo, only a repo name is needed:
$ git clone test-repo
Not your own:
$ git clone someoen-else/test-repo