git – How can I display the current branch and folder path in terminal?


I’ve been watching some of the Team Treehouse videos and they have a very nice looking terminal when working with Git.

For example they have (something similar):

How can my terminal show me some useful information of what branch I’m on, with colors to distinguish bits of the data I want? Is there some sort of de-facto plugin I haven’t found yet?

I’m using Mac OSX 10.8


It’s not about a plugin. It’s about prompt tricks in the shell.

For a cool setup in bash, check out the dotfiles project of this guy:

To get a fancy prompt, include the .bash_prompt in your ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bashrc.

To get the exact same prompt as in your question, change the export PS1 line at the end of .bash_prompt like this:

I ended up using all the .bash* files from this repository about a month ago, and it’s been really useful for me.

For Git, there are extra goodies in .gitconfig.

And since you’re a mac user, there are even more goodies in .osx.

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