Here is a little trick you can do with bash, change the prompt.
First of all, you have to download this nice little script called git-prompt.sh and save it in your home directory as .git-prompt.sh
Then, edit your .bashrc and add the line
wherever you want. It can be near the beginning for example. If you don't have .bashrc, search for .bash_profile instead.
Then search for the definition of the variable PS1 . And replace its line by the following:
export PS1='\h:\[\e[33m\]\W\[\e[0m\]$(__git_ps1 " (%s)")\$ '
If you can't find it, just add the line wherever you want but in any case, after the source command from above.
The variable PS1 defines your bash prompt as follow:
- \h : print the hostname you are in
- \[ and \] encloses ANSI escape commands. Here I use ANSI commands to change the color
- \e is the ESCape character
- [33m is for yellow
- [0m is for "back to normal color"
- \W is the basename of your working directory. Example /home/foobar/mydir will be written as mydir only
- $(__git_ps1 " (%s)"): calls the __git_ps1 function which determines your GIT branch or nothing if you're not in a GIT-managed directory
- \$ transforms into $ if you're a normal user or # if you're root