NoGit is a Python script that prevents the unnecessary repetition of the git keyword. It opens a shell CLI where you can input git commands without typing the git keyword before every instruction. I wrote this script as an answer to a question on StackOverflow.

After calling ./nogit, a CLI (similar to the MySQL shell) should appear:


Note: Given that NoGit is a wrapper around Git, it provides all of the features of the Git VCS.


  • %undo deletes the last command from the stack
  • %run executes all commands in the stack and deletes it when done
  • %exit closes the CLI without doing anything
  • ctrl+c has the same effect as executing %run; %exit or %run and %exit
  • Command history gets saved to a file called nogit.history in the same folder as the script
  • You can add multiple commands in one line using a semi-colon
  • You can use the git keyword because the script doesn't add the git keyword if it already exists


  1. init
  2. add -A
  3. stage -A
  4. status
  5. commit -m "initial commit"
  6. %run; %exit


To run NoGit, you need Python 3 installed on your system. You can download it from the official Github Repository or copy the source code below.

Note: The script depends on the sys, os, signal, atexit, readline and subprocess modules.

Installation notes (Linux)

If you want you can remove the .py extension and convert it into an executable:

mv nogit
chmod +x ./nogit
./nogit # open the NoGit CLI

You can also move this script to your ./bin/ directory and create an alias for it to run it without a ./:

sudo cp ./nogit /bin/nogit
sudo chmod +x /bin/nogit
alias nogit="/bin/nogit"

Alternatively you can copy the following command into your CLI:

sudo cp ./nogit /bin/nogit && sudo chmod +x /bin/nogit && alias nogit='/bin/nogit'

Source code

To install NoGit locally, copy and paste the following source code into a file named

#!/usr/bin/env python
import sys, os, signal, atexit, readline, subprocess

commands, stop, history_file = [], False, os.path.join(os.getcwd(), "nogit.history")

def run_commands():
  stop = True
  for cmd in commands:
    command = ["git" if not cmd.startswith("git ") else ""]
    command = [cmd] if command[0] == "" else [command[0], cmd]
    commands = []

def signal_handler(sig, frame):

  signal.signal(signal.SIGINT, signal_handler)
  while True:
    if stop == True:
    command = input("git> ")
    if command == "%undo":
    elif command == "%run":
    elif command == "%exit":
      commands += [cmd.strip() for cmd in command.split(";")]
except IOError:

atexit.register(readline.write_history_file, history_file)