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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 3.0.2

Working Copy 3.0.0 was a major step forward in features with a dark mode and repository-wide fuzzy search. This release is all about refinement.

There have been improvements to filename handling such that the problems with unicode filename normalisation that started with iOS 10.3 is fixed.

There is a new "Clone in Working Copy" action in share sheets for URL's making it easier to clone a repository from Safari or a link. For URL's on GitHub, BitBucket or GitLab pointing to a specific file, branch or commit, Working Copy jumps to the relevant screen cloning first as needed. You enable the action from the bottom grey list of actions on a share sheet by tapping More.

Strictly speaking this is not a new feature, as you could previously install a workflow letting you do this, but many users never discovered it. On that note you should check out the App Integrations screen inside settings. Working Copy has rich automation features not only letting you control what the app does, but also letting you activate custom workflows from within Working Copy that acts on repositories and their files, branches and commits. Developers often have very specialised requirements and in situations where you would write a shell script on a regular computer, you can perhaps use Workflow or Pythonista on iOS.

Repository-wide search requires indexing to complete before a file can be found. This could be annoying when indexing hadn't yet reached the current file such that local search was unavailable. Now the current file is searched without index, making it instantly ready and allowing matches inside words as well as regular expression matching with a query on the form:

Furthermore the order of the search results is much better at bringing the relevant search results to the top.

The dark mode has been refined in all corners of the app to look better and more consistent.

When directory listing is sorted by filename any numbers at the end is ordered numerically.

Lots of smaller improvements and fixes.


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Customer Reviews

GUI is annoying

I want a read only copy for browsing... every time I touch the text the keyboard bombards me and I have to hide it, it's miserable to use.

The search doesn't seem to have any rhyme or reason to it. I search for start_kernel and it finds matches for "start" and for "kernel". Further there is no ordering to the results, it will randomly change on you while it's searching and it does not use longest match or path name to order results. It just gives you a smaller haystack.

3 stars because it's not all bad, I like having syntax highlighting and the file system navigation is okay. Finally I love the use-case that this app enables.

If the author fixes those issues, this is a 4-5 star app. Would like to have vim color scheme support.

Nowhere to respond to developer so modifying review:
I try to load a file but have a spinning spinner next to file name, is internet connectoin required to browse files? maybe its comparing upstream to show deltas? Is it possible to use this software without internet connection? I am tring to browse linux source code, so maybe its a scaling problem?

i cannot attach a screenshot… thanks apple

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: 3.0.2
  • Size: 57.0 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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