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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 40 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. 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 2.9.5

When creating new branches inside Working Copy, the remote tracking branch was sometimes misconfigured. This has been corrected.

Fixed a bug where editor did not reload current document if there was changes from elsewhere, either changes from reverting or merging the repository or from external edits through the document picker.

Preview of html files also refreshes when there are changes, not just changes to the html file itself, but images, stylesheets and other dependencies. Once reload completes your zoom and scroll settings will be restored. This is ideal on iPads in Split View mode with a external editor such as Textastic next to the Working Copy preview.

When line numbers are enabled in internal editor, you can quickly scroll through files by holding and dragging the line number bar. A miniature strip of your file is shown to the right and letting go of your finger inside the line number indicator lets you type the number to jump to. This makes it easier to navigate large files on a small display.

Tabulator key will insert space or tabulator adapting to existing file content. If the file has a Emacs header on the form
-*- mode: tab-width: 4; -*-
this takes precedence over whitespace frequency analysis.

Syntax highlighting added for Kotlin, MatLab, TypeScript + PowerShell and headlines and links are properly highlighted in Markdown files.

Markdown preview upgraded to use MultiMarkdown 5.0 with much better highlighting for source code inside markdown files.

Emoji used in commit messages are converted to slack-style codes to work better on all platforms. Slack-style emoji codes are converted back to emoji when showing commit messages.

Improved updating of behind/ahead status when there are multiple remotes for a repository.

Configure a fixed SSH key to use for individual remotes. This can be useful for special remotes such as Gerrit, that kill connections with too many failed authentication attempts.

Improvements to SSH Key import and export.

Lots of other smaller improvements.


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Customer Reviews


I'm giving it two stars because the developer at least allows users to try all the features before buying in. I have a private repo on Bitbucket and, after initially failing to connect, the app cloned it just fine. I made a quick test edit to a file---aside: the built-in editor is very laggy---and committed and pushed. So far so good. I then edited the file in an external editor (GoCoEdit) using File Picker, still good. Working Copy saw the changes, good, good. Except...when I try to commit, the app just crashes. I tried all kinds of things: re-editing the file in Working Copy, closing the file in just crashes hard.

This is the kind of apps we need

Complete access to your GitHub repositories. Clone, check out, edit, commit. It's amazing. Love this app. And love the url schemes. I can post it to my Jekyll blog flawlessly.

Absolutely flawless

I almost never leave reviews on the App Store, but Working Copy (especially in combination with Textastic) is just amazing. It gives you everything you might ever want from git on iOS, and lets me write code completely remotely. Huge win.

Working Copy - Powerful Git client
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.9.5
  • Size: 45.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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