Working Copy - Git client 4+

for GitHub, GitLab and more

Anders Borum

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Access Git repositories on the go. Clone, edit, commit and push while allowing other apps access to repositories.

Git is a important part of our work-life and iOS can take part in this. The ability to commit even when offline has added utility on a device that moves in and out of network coverage. Cloning repositories gets you a local copy on your iOS device with commits for all branches. You can browse the content from within the app and make changes. Other applications supporting the Files app, WebDAV or x-callback-url has access to these files. Changes made can be committed and the commits can in turn be pushed back to the remote.

The idea of doing significant programming on iOS might seem far fetched when you are used to a large screen, a physical keyboard and a full IDE. But just as it turned out that not every email is serious prose, then not everything that goes on in Git is significant programming. Sometimes you just want to update a TODO file or make adjustments to your Jekyll site. Sometimes you just need to add a file the designer sent after hours.

If you ever make reminders about small things to do with the code-base, then you should give Working Copy a try. You will spend less time moving stuff around and you will get much better commit messages when you write them for fixes that are still fresh in your mind. You won't be leaving your computer behind any time soon, but sometimes it is faster to just fix things with the device in your hand.

When you do need to perform real work on iOS, Working Copy is a powerful tool. Editor has syntax highlighting for more than 50 programming languages and a built-in color picker. Preview images, Markdown and HTML files with a Javascript console pointing to errors in your code. Create new branches and merge or rebase them back, with a brilliant merge-tool for handling conflicts. If you need to automate your work there are Working Copy actions in the Shortcuts app for most operations.

Even if you never edit a line of code on iOS, Working Copy is a great companion for reviewing and discussing code. Repositories are cross indexed and with powerful fuzzy search you can quickly jump from a symbol to the declaration or reverse from the declaration to all usages. A graph of your commits lets you zoom out for a overview of the commit tree or zoom in for specifics about each commit, with speed and beauty you won’t find in desktop Git applications. Review the changes your files have gone through with a diff viewer that is great for text and images. There is even hex-dump mode for that obscure occasion.

Working Copy is a free download but you need to unlock pro features such as the ability to push commits and manage more than 5 repositories. There is no venture capital, large company or ads funding development and your support through in-app purchase directly sustains development.

When you pay to unlock you get permanent access to all pro features at the time of purchase as well as any added the next year. When 12 months have passed you keep all existing pro features but any new ones introduced are locked until you renew your unlock.

What’s New

Version 5.9.7

Upgraded to libgit2 1.8.0

This enables push options (equivalent to --push-option= and -o) from the Push To… dialog that are useful for continuous integration. Multiple options are written with space between them and options that include space should be "double quoted" where special characters can be backslash escaped.

Push options are remembered for each repository and previously used options are available in the auto complete menu making it easy to pick previously used options.

Push To… with these new capabilities is a pro feature available to users that purchased or upgraded their pro unlock after March 20, 2019.

AI Completion can be configured to use gpt-4-turbo-preview instead of gpt-3.5-turbo-instruct for more context aware, higher quality but slower and more expensive completions.

Commit dialog will correctly display staged changes in the special case where a modified line have been staged but changed in the working directory to something else that is different from both staged line and latest commit.

Command Up/Down on physical keyboard scrolls the editor one page and Command Left/Right scroll to the top or end of the file.

Screens that show commit lists work better with dynamic type.

Color adjustments to increase contrast and readability.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
368 Ratings

368 Ratings

ButchDeanCA ,

Old issues have vanished!

Now that I can access all my repos since updating to iOS 11, this app is flawless.

Thank you!

Developer Response ,

This problem happened when the GitHub account was part of a really large team, where listing repositories inside this team failed. Working Copy 3.1.0 has been adjusted to handle this better.

Aspiring Tuna ,

Cloning is disabled

My impression of the free app is that it’s basically useless. I won’t waste my time figuring out whether to buy the paid app.

Developer Response ,

You should be able to clone up to 5 repositories with the free app and I would be happy to investigate if you are having any technical problems. You can email me at

It is important to me that nobody purchases the app and regrets it. If you are able to decide that the app is not for you before spending money then the free download has served its purpose.

Colin Ng ,

Best Git client for iOS, incredible support

Working Copy is amazing. Devs need not worry anymore - it’s got the power! It supports Files in iOS, works with Textastic! About the only thing it doesn’t do is interactive rebase, but I’m like one of the 5 people that actually uses that.

In-App Purchases

Working Copy Pro Unlock
Working Copy Pro Unlock
Push to remote and all other pro features.

App Privacy

The developer, Anders Borum, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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