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.
When searching from within editor you can switch between repository and file scope. Results in file scope are ordered by location instead of relevance taking your existing location in the file into account. Leave the query empty to be shown symbol declarations for a outline view of the current file. Because headlines in markdown are treated as symbols this is useful for source code and markdown.
Better syntax highlighting and symbol fuzzy searching for Objective-C files.
iPhone X in landscape mode support two panels just like plus-sized iPhones. Toggle this with a button in the upper left side of the rightmost panel.
Improved deletion of remote branches.
Nicer markdown table rendering.
Disable SSH for hosting providers such that https cloning will be preferred even when a SSH key is configured.
Many smaller improvements.
This update adds a pro feature for organising repositories into folders making it easier to manage LOTS of repositories.
Create folders by tapping + in the list of repositories and drag repositories inside. You can also drop a number of repositories on the + button to immediately create a folder containing these. Swipe left on folders to remove them again moving out repositories still inside. Renaming also requires you to swipe left on the folder.
Folders are available in the Files app and 3rd party apps using the document browser.
As with other pro features this will be available for anyone that purchased or upgraded the pro unlock the last year.
If you decide to purchase the pro unlock today, you will get all current pro features available (push to remote, dark mode, ssh upload, ssh command and folders) as well as all pro features introduced the next 12 months. You will not loose access to any features after these 12 months, but new pro features added after this year will require you to upgrade the pro unlock.
There are a number of improvements that will benefit everyone.
"Save in Working Copy" has been improved to suggest better filenames and can be used with several files or photos at once.
WebP images are supported when looking at file Content or file Changes.
If you have many SSH keys the app will be better at picking the most likely one to work depending on the remote you are cloning from. This is especially important for hosting providers such as GitLab that will reject cloning attempts after just a few attempts with the wrong keys.
Fixed a regression where updates to submodules could cause modifications in the parent repository.
SSH Command supports servers running the BusyBox minimal shell.
Many smaller improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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
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
- 61.5 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Applied Phasor 2017
- In-App Purchases
- Pro Unlock $15.99
- Pro Upgrade $7.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.