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.
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.
Use the filtering field when cloning to only list matching repositories making it much faster to pick the one you need. Filtering has been possible for years but the field is now at the top making it easier to discover and use. If you filter by "star" your starred repositories on GitHub are included with repositories containing star in the name or url.
When checking out branches the files being checked out are shown below the progress indicator. This is especially helpful when using Git LFS as checkout might download LFS blobs.
Fixed Git LFS compatibility with GitBucket servers and improved error messages on Git LFS problems.
Better compatibility with Gitolite hosting providers.
Improved connecting to SSH hosting providers where hostname resolves to both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses but one of these isn't working.
SSH Upload and SSH Command no longer times out and closes the connection when uploading a single file takes longer than 30 seconds.
SSH Upload properly handles symlinks to directories.
Other minor fixes and adjustments.
Finally you can use Git Large File Storage (LFS) for your repositories with large binary files such as videos, images or audio. You don't need to do anything and can clone repositories as you normally do. Working Copy will download all needed assets when you checkout commits and upload changes to LFS objects as you push.
Any LFS enabled repositories cloned before this update will have LFS pointers in your working directory instead of real objects. The easiest fix is to clone the repository again.
When using Git Large File Storage you shouldn't notice, but the implementation was rewritten from scratch to work on iOS, as the regular Git LFS implementation requires command-line Git and a shell. This kind of effort was possible because enough people are purchasing the Pro unlock to support full-time development. Thank you for this.
The editor tries hard to adapt to your repository settings. It looks for encoding and indentation style in files with Emacs headers such as
-*- tab-width: 4; charset: utf-8; -*-
and it has been doing frequency analysis to make qualified guesses when there was nothing in the file header.
Now it also looks at .editorconfig files and uses these when the file header itself doesn't convey anything but before trying frequency analysis. GitHub and many other development tools support .editorconfig files and you should consider adopting them.
Improved behaviour of indent and unindent on iPad, especially for files mixing tabs and spaces.
When looking at merge commits you are shown changes compared to the mainline parent instead of both parent commits.
Inside the Files app the .git directory can no longer be entered like regular directories as there was nothing regular about it.
Ratings and Reviews
good but why have push pro only?
I find it stupid that pushing is a pro only feature. Because of that this app becomes useless after the trial forcing me back to the even more useless git2go because I cant zip up a repository that I cloned on my phone and transferred to my laptop to make changes and commited on to push it on my phone as the laptop has no internet as the wifi driver in 1803 and the latest windows insiders keeps disconnecting me. This is why I got this app to replace that trash app but with push being pro it makes this one trash too. Sorry but if you want people want to be able to use it without them being forced to buy pro or people like me who cannot get a job because of my mental stability and so I do open source to pass time. Please take this into consideration. I love the fact of gpg signing too something git2go does not have. Although I would like it if I could press some rebase button on a commit that asks me if I want to squash it into the previous commit and possibly ones after it or fixup the previous one using only the currently opened one to basically amend the one before it. Other than that keep up the good work. :wink: Even I would like to help with making this app if it itself was also open source.
Developer Response ,
I need to make push a pro feature to make the people seriously using the app pay for it. It can support the salary of one developer (me) and I work full time to improve it.
This is frustrating when it's too expensive, but the alternative would not be better for you.
I wouldn't have been able to spend much time developing a free app as it would be done after completing my paying day job and the result would not be close to the quality that Working Copy is now.
I'm working on ways to amend, squash and split commits.
What Can I Do For Everyone Else Always?
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.
Developer Response ,
Hi Rex, I understand that it can feel a bit much with many apps asking you to pay again and again. The upgrade mechanism in Working Copy is made to be fully voluntary. You can delay upgrading if the added pro features are not enticing and you can decide never to upgrade and the pro features you already have will stick around forever. The app will still be updated with bug-fixes and non-pro features without you having to pay again. If you can accept a delay in when you get the latest pro features every other year you could even delay purchasing the upgrade, such that you only upgrade every 24 months keeping down the costs.
Far more than ever expected
Having used this client for almost as long as it has existed I have to say it's really impressive just how much effort the developer has put into it. Don't take my word for it, though. Go expand the full release notes for all previous versions and have a browse. They are usefully detailed. The tool itself works quite well and has served my purposes for a long time, but, many of the features added over time have further enhanced my workflows, and many more just motivate me to want to get more out of the app and development on iOS in general.
I started using this app originally just to have a sort of emergency direct access to my codebases so I could, in a pinch, maybe make a change on the go. At this point, though, it has become so regular in my process that it has become a must have.
If you have any sense that git access from your iOS device would be useful to you, you should get this app immediately.
- Anders Borum
- 78.4 MB
- Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Anders Borum 2014
- In-App Purchases
- Pro Unlock $15.99
- Pro Unlock trial Free
- Pro Unlock trial Free
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.