Adding Remote Shortcuts to Git

If you're like me, you're a Git user that uses a set of hosts for repositories very frequently. The example I'll use here (that is likely relevant to almost any Git user reading this) is GitHub.

To clone another user's repository, you end up typing out something like this:

git clone git:// # If you're a Perl programmer and you're not using cpanm, you *really* should be!

If you want to clone one of your one repositories, you end up with something like this:

git clone

Now, that isn't that much typing, but there's got to be a shorter way! Wouldn't it be nice if I could just type this?

git clone github:miyagawa/cpanminus

Or this?

git clone hoelzro:linotify

Well, it turns out that with a few changes to your .gitconfig, you can!

You can add a URL section to your gitconfig, with an insteadOf attribute that describes the prefix you'd like to use. Here's how the previous two examples look in my .gitconfig:

[url ""]
    insteadOf = hoelzro:
[url "git://"]
    insteadOf = github:

Rinse and repeat for your various sources!

Published on 2011-08-25