Have you ever wished it would be possible to initiate a remote repository right from the prompt? With Hub it’s possible.
Hub is really nice. Basically it make life easier by letting you interact with GitHub more from the command line.
Here's some examples what it can do for you:
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 quickly by making a test repo:
$ mkdir git-test && cd git-test $ touch README.md $ git init
Now here’s the sauce:
$ git create
That command will prompt you for a password and a 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: bob oauth_token: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx protocol: https
Note worthy thing: you should authenticate to GitHub with SSH keys, more info in this GitHub tutorial.
Note worthy thing: There’s a little gotcha in setting the protocol to https, 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 actually does nothing.
Here’s an example how the init is different when using hub.
Normal init without hub:
$ init $ git remote -v # The git remote command returns nothing cause there is no remote
Then with Hub:
$ git init -g Initialized empty Git repository in /Users/bob/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)
Hub sets you those remotes automatically.
The create syntax:
git create [NAME] [-p] [-d DESCRIPTION] [-h HOMEPAGE]
$ 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
That makes the remote repo.
browse command will open the project’s GitHub page into your default browser:
$ git browse
Or open GitHub issues page:
$ git browse -- issues
Or the pull requests page:
$ git browse -- pull
If it’s your own repo, only a repo name is needed:
$ git clone test-repo
Not your own:
$ git clone someone-else/test-repo
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