Seeing which Git branch I'm on via my console prompt (__git_ps1)

I like knowing which Git branch I’m currently in. I use the git-ps1 function feature that comes with git-core. If you clone or download the git source:


There is a file in the contrib/completion folder called

~/code/git/contrib/completion(master) > ls
total 96
-rwxr-xr-x  1 user  staff    44K Apr 14 15:26

I copy this file to my $HOME folder as and then reference it and the ps1 propt feature in my .bashrc file

source ~/
export PS1='w$(__git_ps1 "(%s)") > '

And now whenever I cd into a folder that is a Git repository I see something like the following prompt:

~/gitosis-admin(master) >

Notice the (master) notation. That is telling me I’m on the master branch. It’s just easier than issuing a “git branch” command everytime I want to know.

I know there are many other configurations out there, but I like to use the simplest thing that works.


Daniel Hölbling: I use something similar for my powershell prompt: greetings Daniel

derick.bailey: @Daniel - you should check out Posh-Git. it’s a very complete powershell git integration.

Jason Meridth: @Daniel Nice. @Derick Thanks for the info. I’d heard about it, but hadn’t looked yet.

3KWA: missing in front of w

Jason Meridth


My name is Jason Meridth. I am a continuously learning senior software developer/devops/team lead/development manager trying to not let best be the enemy of better. I reserve the right to change my mind upon obtaining more information. I am also the owner and principal software consultant at Meridth, LLC. If you have any software, hardward, networking, process, etc needs please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

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