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 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 3.3.0

This update adds new features with the potential to change the work you can do on iOS by cooperating with remote servers through secure shell.

SSH Upload lets you keep a directory on a remote server in sync with a local directory in Working Copy. This is especially useful for web-sites, Jekyll blogs and Node.js services that refresh as files change. SSH Upload starts by uploading all needed files to the server and will keep monitoring your local directory for changes that are then uploaded as you edit. You enable this from the share sheet of a repository or directory and watch a video of how it works in the Users' Guide:

SSH Command lets you execute commands on a remote server, using your local files in Working Copy as input and bringing back results to iOS. This lets you run commands such as latex, make or xcodebuild and have access to command output and all files changed right inside Working Copy. Enable this from the share sheet of a directory or file. The app remembers which filetypes and directories have been used and will give you quick access with a left sliding action on the entry in your directory listing. Read more in the Users' Guide:

Both features are available to users of a recent pro unlock. If you unlocked the push feature later than March 1st, 2017 you have permanent access, but if your unlock is more than a year old, you will need to purchase again at a reduced upgrade price. Just as you could try out the push feature for 10 days before unlocking, you can try out these new features for 10 days before upgrading.

Future pro features in Working Copy will work this way, which has a number of advantages:
• You never lose features you paid for
• App stays updated with non-pro features and other improvements for everyone
• You decide when to upgrade to new pro features
• At purchase you get the next 12 months of pro features as upgrade protection

You can access a timeline of features from the unlock settings screen and disable features you are not interested in.

There are a number of improvements not tied to the pro unlock as well.

Preview Sketch files when looking at files and use image-diff when comparing changes to Sketch files.

Added preview mode for org-mode files and syntax highlighting for org-mode and Docker files.

Improvements to fuzzy search of filenames and symbol declarations. Queries take abbreviations into consideration such that "wc." prefers
WorkingCopy.swift over ViewController.swift

Remember that section titles in Markdown are indexed as symbols and can be fuzzy searched and that you specify line number inside a query with something like “wc. 36” you jump directly to this point in a file.

Searching and indexing has been made faster and more reliable in large repositories.

The Users' Guide available from app settings can play videos showing how to use the app. To avoid making the app much larger, these videos are only available when online. Video is available on screenshots with a play button.

Lots of smaller improvements and fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

157 Ratings

157 Ratings

What Can I Do For Everyone Else Always?

Seattle Rex

I'm just a little burned out on the App Store shenanigans lately. I've lost count of the number of "Pro" upgrades of purchased which are now "free" and covered with ads. I'm tired of plunking down cash for expensive programs that, months later, switch to a subscription model, taking my cash and flushing it in the process. I'm tired of paying for apps, only to find them still filled with Ads. Maybe I'm just having a bad run, but the App Store truly feels like a scammer's bazaar these days. There are pick-pockets everywhere. I don't really lump the Working Copy folks into the group ... because they at least make a quality product and seem to put real effort into it. This is why I paid for a "permanent" Pro upgrade 14 months ago. And just paid $8 again for another "permanent" Pro upgrade. Like many other things, "permanent" doesn't mean what I thought it did. I'm sure it it's worth it, and I'm glad to support them, I just feel a little burned out and a little "over-used". I bought last Christmas and it just doesn't feel that long ago to get hit up again. I feel like I get rolled like a drunken sailor every time I log into the app store these days. I really like the app though. Nice work, guys.

Impeccable, Inspiring, Rock solid


This app is way above and beyond anything I have seen developed. To put things into perspective, I’m not a git core expert, but I’m a professor in computer science.
The reliability and integration is superb, the interface is powerful but keep peripheral things out of the way. The text editor is so good it actually beats more editor on an ipad, the list goes on and on. You learn from this app how to properly use git and an ipad.

And most importantly, the developer is insanely thoughtful and caring. Had a problem once? gave me access to a more expensive version of the app that solved my pb. Had an issue with a pdf rendering? answered my email in 3h and solved the bug in the next issue (among ten other improvements) a few days later.

If you have or want to use git, no hesitation before buying this pap. Every dollar invest in this app will pay for itself in a better way to work on your projects.

Best git client for iOS - great customer service

Lost my remote

I run a flat-file CMS with a git sync plugin that supports webhooks - meaning all I need to do is push commits to my repo from my phone/iPad and my site is automatically updated. This is the desired workflow for me, as I’m not always in front of a computer. This workflow works flawlessly.

I did encounter a bug with creating directories via the app, and Anders replied to my support request in less than 12 hours and provided an interim fix until it’s pushed live. Top-notch support for a top-notch app!


Anders Borum
59.4 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Applied Phasor 2017
In-App Purchases
  1. Permanent Pro unlock $14.99
  2. Pro Upgrade $7.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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