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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\[\033[0m\]$(parse_git_branch)$ '

git status --porcelain


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


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.


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.

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