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Working Copy - Powerful Git client

By Anders Borum

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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 document picker, 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 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 in Version 3.0.5

While I'm brewing on exciting new features, it is time for yet another maintenance update.

The only new feature is the ability to Pull repositories as a one-step operation instead of Fetching and then Merging. You swipe left on repositories and tap Pull, and this is possible for repositories without modified files.

Fixes bug creating files where filename contained certain unicode characters.

Indexing for search had a tendency to process some files multiple times in large repositories. It no longer does this.

Browsing very large repositories with the document picker could exhaust available memory. Working Copy will do less caching in such situations to keep things running.

Fixed crash that could happen at startup when a corrupt repository was present.

Fixed crash when pasting text on the iOS 11 beta.

Many iOS 11 users are bothered by smart quotes when programming. When iOS 11 leaves beta, it will be possible for Working Copy to disable smart quotes during editing, but currently there is no way. You need to disable smart quotes for your entire device in the Keyboard settings.

A few other smaller improvements and optimisations.


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Customer Reviews

delightful, solid, productive app

A great git app for developers that keeps getting better. Solid performance & features. Excellent app integrations. Support for all the key repo hosts.

I'm a huge fan of this app because of how useful it is to me. I think this is the best git app available for iOS if you're focused on getting things done on iOS. Core capabilities (clone, fetch, merge, etc) are rock solid and expand with each release.

It has convenient integration with key repo hosting services like GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab and more.

The app integration with with Textastic and other editors is both tight and fluid. Super easy to do basic edits "in-app" OR to smoothly round-trip edits with other apps for heavy lifting.

Perfect git app

Wonderful features I love the preview capabilities

Working Copy - Powerful Git client
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 3.0.5
  • Size: 57.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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