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Git commit-msg hook to validate for jira issue or the word merge
#!/usr/bin/env bash
# set this to your active development branch
current_branch="$(git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD)"
# only check commit messages on main development branch
[ "$current_branch" != "$develop_branch" ] && exit 0
# regex to validate in commit msg
error_msg="Aborting commit. Your commit message is missing either a JIRA Issue ('WAP-1111') or 'Merge'"
if ! grep -iqE "$commit_regex" "$1"; then
echo "$error_msg" >&2
exit 1


  • copy the file commit-msg to .git/hooks/commit-msg
  • make sure your delete the sample file .git/hooks/commit-msg.sample
  • Make commit msg executable. chmod +x .git/hooks/commit-msg
  • Edit commit-msg to better fit your development branch, commit regex and error message
  • Profit $$

Shell example

curl > .git/hooks/commit-msg

rm .git/hooks/commit-msg.sample

chmod +x .git/hooks/commit-msg

vim .git/hooks/commit-msg

echo "Profit $$"
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