Access Git repositories on the go. Clone, edit, commit and push while allowing other apps access to repositories.

Git is a important part of our work-life and iOS can take part in this. The ability to commit even when offline has added utility on a device that moves in and out of network coverage. Cloning repositories gets you a local copy on your iOS device with commits for all branches. You can browse the content from within the app and make changes. Other applications supporting the Files app, WebDAV or x-callback-url has access to these files. Changes made can be committed and the commits can in turn be pushed back to the remote.

The idea of doing significant programming on iOS might seem far fetched when you are used to a large screen, a physical keyboard and a full IDE. But just as it turned out that not every email is serious prose, then not everything that goes on in Git is significant programming. Sometimes you just want to update a TODO file or make adjustments to your Jekyll site. Sometimes you just need to add a file the designer sent after hours. 

If you ever make reminders about small things to do with the code-base, then you should give Working Copy a try. You will spend less time moving stuff around and you will get much better commit messages when you write them for fixes that are still fresh in your mind. You won't be leaving your computer behind any time soon, but sometimes it is faster to just fix things with the device in your hand.

When you do need to perform real work on iOS, Working Copy is a powerful tool. Editor has syntax highlighting for more than 50 programming languages and a built-in color picker. Preview images, Markdown and HTML files with a Javascript console pointing to errors in your code. Create new branches and merge or rebase them back, with a brilliant merge-tool for handling conflicts.

Even if you never edit a line of code on iOS, Working Copy is a great companion for reviewing and discussing code. Repositories are cross indexed and with powerful fuzzy search you can quickly jump from a symbol to the declaration or reverse from the declaration to all usages. A graph of your commits lets you zoom out for a overview of of the commit tree or zoom in for specifics about each commit, with speed and beauty you won’t find in desktop Git applications. Review the changes your files have gone through with a diff viewer that is great for text and images. There is even hex-dump mode for that obscure occasion.

Working Copy is a free download but you need to pay to unlock pro features such as the ability to push commits back to remote servers. There is no venture capital, large company or ads funding development and your support through in-app purchase directly sustains development.

What's New

Version 3.6.3

Marking directories as favorites in the Files app now works as it should.

Import build logs from Visual Studio AppCenter build pages by using "Process in Working Copy" from the share sheet. To get all logs imported you should tap "Download Logs" on the build page and invoke "Process in Working Copy" on the resulting zip archive.

As with other logs in Working Copy you can assign a repository to logs which detects file mentions turning these into links that open the editor at specific lines. This is great for quickly fixing failed builds.

When you are switching between editing and previewing html your cursor location is remembered. On external keyboards Cmd+Alt+P is a quick way to jump in and out of Preview mode,

SSH Upload works with servers running the rssh shell restricting connections to only use scp and sftp.

Syntax highlighting for Crystal, Ocaml and Coq.

Use "Untrack file" from the share sheet of files to stop tracking but keep them in your working directory.

Other minor improvements and fixes.

Manage files on iCloud Drive or "On My Device" with Git.

Working Copy allows other apps to open files in-place such that they can access repositories without having to copy things around. This has long been the ideal way for apps to cooperate with Working Copy. For apps without this capability you have needed to use the share sheet to copy files into the app and to save them back into Working Copy.

This is about to become a lot easier for apps that store documents in iCloud Drive or "On My Device" such as Codea, iA Writer, Scriptable and many others.

Configure directories inside Working Copy to be synchronised with directories used by other apps. As you edit files in the other app changes are synced back to Working Copy ready to be committed. When you pull from a Git remote or switch between branches things are synced back to the directory of the other app.

There are two ways to set this up.

To add existing documents from another app to Working Copy, tap + from the repository list then "Setup synced directory" and pick a directory. All files from this directory will be imported into a new repository ready to be committed. You might want to add a remote at the Repository status screen and push up the initial commit.

If you already have your documents managed by Git or want to setup syncing with a subdirectory of a repository you invoke the share sheet on any directory or repository in Working Copy and pick the "Files Sync" action.

Status is shown with a icon above directory listings that you tap for a list of recent sync operations and the ability to Restore files overwritten or deleted.

Learn more about this new feature in the Files synchronisation section of the Users' Guide.

Working Copy now supports GitHawk the excellent app for staying on top of your GitHub issues and pull requests. At the bottom of the App Integration screen you enable that links to jump directory to GitHawk instead. This is very convenient when your commit messages contain references to pull requests or issues.

Support for http cookies. Import your cookies from the new "Authentication Cookies" screen in settings. It accepts the classic Netscape cookie.txt format also used by .gitcookies but you are allowed to have comma instead of tab as a field delimiter, making it easier to use the authentication cookie generated by Google Cloud.

When repositories contain a .gitreview file any change ID's in commit messages are converted into links to the Gerrit server.

Nicer binary diff when looking at Changes for binary files that are not images.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings
marcusramberg ,

A full fledged git client on your iPad.

It's a fantastic app that has changed how I'm able to use my iPad for development.

GJ Nilsen ,

No svn support

As title says. Also way to expensive for very little functionality. Not worth it.


Anders Borum
76.9 MB
Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Anders Borum 2014
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