Is there an indicator for watching a git repository and get notification on commit, push, ... ?

Searching "indicator ubuntu git watch repository" send me a lot of indicator hosted on github... can't find anything usefull for this...

  • Use zapier.Register for a free zapier account. Authorize zapier for github account. Authorize twitter account. Get commit, push.....etc notification through twitter.Use polly or birdie twitter client on Ubuntu.Or you can use email notification. Jul 20 '13 at 1:23
  • Another option is to use git-dude. But its buggy on 13.04. Jul 20 '13 at 1:28

I think what you want is git-dude.



git-dude is a simple git desktop notifier. It monitors git repositories in current directory for new commits/branches/tags and shows desktop notification if anything new arrived.

How it works

It simply uses git fetch and parses its output to see what has changed. Then it formats new commit messages with git log and shows desktop notification with notify-send / kdialog (Linux) or growlnotify (OSX). All of this in infinite loop.

How does it look

Fedora (Gnome-Shell) :

git-dude on Fedora


git-dude on Ubuntu


On Linux:

  • notify-send on Gnome (Fedora: libnotify package, Ubuntu: libnotify-bin package)
  • kdialog on KDE (included in KDE)


  • growlnotify, from Growl Extras (Homebrew: growlnotify package)


$ curl -skL https://github.com/sickill/git-dude/raw/master/git-dude >~/bin/git-dude
$ chmod +x ~/bin/git-dude

* Make sure ~/bin is in your $PATH or put git-dude script somewhere else on your $PATH.


git-dude iterates over repositories that live inside the dude directory. This directory is nothing more than container for cloned repositories of projects you want to watch. Name it like you want, here for example we use ~/.git-dude:

$ mkdir ~/.git-dude
$ cd ~/.git-dude

Clone some repositories:

$ git clone --mirror https://github.com/joelthelion/autojump.git
$ git clone --mirror git://github.com/pyromaniac/hoof.git

I recommend git clone --mirror - it doesn't checkout working directory so it saves some disk space for bigger projects.

Symlinked repositories work too. This way you can monitor already cloned projects:

$ ln -s ~/code/tmuxinator .

Now run this to monitor pwd:

$ git dude

You can also pass directory name as first argument to specify which directory to monitor instead of pwd.

$ git dude ~/watched-repos

This way you can have multiple dude directories each being monitored by separate git-dude process.



Set how often git-dude should check for changes (in seconds, default: 60):

$ git config --global dude.interval 30

Set path to icon used by desktop notifications (default: none):

$ git config --global dude.icon ~/.git-dude/github_32.png

Set custom notification command ($TITLE, $DESCRIPTION and $ICON_PATH environment variables are set when invoking notification command):

$ git config --global dude.notify-command 'gntp-send "$TITLE" "$DESCRIPTION" "$ICON_PATH"'
$ git config --global dude.notify-command 'echo -e "$TITLE\n\n\n$DESCRIPTION" | espeak --stdin -k20 -ven+12'


Set path to icon used by desktop notifications for this repository (default: taken from global setting):

$ git config dude.icon ~/.git-dude/dm-core/datamapper.png

Tell git-dude to ignore specific repository (if you want to unmonitor it):

$ git config dude.ignore true


Marcin Kulik (http://ku1ik.com/ | @sickill)

To track notifications use Recent Notifications indicator.

screenshot recent notifications

In a terminal run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-notifications

After installing run Alt+F2 unity --replace.

You will find a little mailbox in the panel: recent notifications in panel]

  • So much to like about this answer. Bonus points for the recent-notifications indicator plug and recycling unity's UI command.
    – yuvilio
    Feb 20 '15 at 0:57

I wrote a little python program that does what you're looking for. It's a bit rough around the edges, so I'd appreciate any feedback you might have.

ubuntu git indicator

To use it, run git-indicator from a directory that contains one or more git repositories (like you'd use git-dude).


~$ git clone https://github.com/itsadok/git-indicator.git ~/.git-indicator
~$ cd ~/repos
~/repos$ ls
repo1 repo2 repo3
~/repos$ ~/.git-indicator/git-indicator.py &
  • git-dude looks on --mirror repository and I can't use "git status -b --porcelain" on a mirror. I'm forking your git repo and have a look later. It can be a good start, thanks :)
    – SpiderWan
    Dec 10 '13 at 8:41
  • @SpiderWan if you have the time, contact me on gmail. I'd love to have a chat about this.
    – itsadok
    Jan 9 '14 at 10:12
  • Can't find your gmail address. You can contact me on mail@ my domain (website on my profil)
    – SpiderWan
    Jan 15 '14 at 10:35
  • Here is my "clone" : github.com/NaWer/indicator-git/tree/develop
    – SpiderWan
    Aug 27 '14 at 12:04

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