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Git branch and dirty state in Bash prompt.
# username@Machine ~/dev/dir[master]$ # clean working directory
# username@Machine ~/dev/dir[master*]$ # dirty working directory
function parse_git_dirty {
[[ $(git status 2> /dev/null | tail -n1) != "nothing to commit (working directory clean)" ]] && echo "*"
function parse_git_branch {
git branch --no-color 2> /dev/null | sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e "s/* \(.*\)/[\1$(parse_git_dirty)]/"
export PS1='\u@\h \[\033[1;33m\]\w\[\033[0m\]$(parse_git_branch)$ '

xbx commented Apr 16, 2012

git status --porcelain

Banta commented Aug 1, 2012

Nice. How can I change the color of the branch to maybe light green?


henrik commented Aug 1, 2012

sansb commented Aug 19, 2014

thanks for this! my version of git prints out "nothing to commit, working directory clean", so change that string if your dirty checking isn't working.

adeelx commented Jun 21, 2015

Change nothing to commit (working directory clean) to nothing to commit, working directory clean if you're getting a persistent * even if your working directory is clean.

Thank you. Color coded branch name depending on state at , green or red.

So I took this and improved on it a bit. Check it out here: This uses more reliable code that doesn't rely on a specific output that could change in a new version of Git, and is a bit cleaner and easier to read. Feel free to use it or improve on it more.

Works fine, edited slightly. git status --porcelain like @xbx suggested then changed the "nothing to commit (working directory clean) to nothing to commit, working directory clean" string to "". This makes it stable across Git versions and regardless of user configuration

Thanks for this! I added git status --porcelain to make things more robust, added in color per @srguiwiz's fork, and fixed an issue where colors weren't escaped (causing line-wrapping issues).

Updated color-coded branch here:

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