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.

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 pay to unlock pro features such as the ability to push commits back to remote servers. There is no venture capital, large company or ads funding development and your support through in-app purchase directly sustains development.

What’s New

Version 4.0.3

When a repository has merge or rebase conflicts a Resolve button is available instead of the Commit button on the new repository action and at the top of the screen on iPad.

New Shortcuts action "Repository References" can be used to list all branches for a repository or other references such as tags by changing the Pattern parameter.

Branch parameter for Repository History shortcuts action accepts full references for the Branch parameter, to make it work better with the new Repository References action.

Markdown preview supports mathematical formula.

iPhone users on iOS 13 have a tab button just above the keyboard when editor is in "Programming" mode that you enable from the dropdown in the upper right corner. This tab button respects .editorconfig files in the repository.

Better syntax highlighting for JSX.

Fix that number of lines shown as -removed and +added for each file is correct in commit dialog.

Deep links didn't work on iPad when the screen was wide enough for two panels but the left one was hidden. Now they work.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
279 Ratings

279 Ratings

Huggyfee ,

Blows me away - exactly what I needed

This is what apps should be like. It makes great use of iOS functionality such as linking in to other apps, file manager etc. And setting up certificates is super-easy. I was up and running in about five minutes with a document repository, able to edit it and push an update, and see that update on another computer straight away. I emailed the developer with an idea for bookmarks, and in less than a day got a suggestion to hold down the ‘go back’ arrow in the top left and get recently used documents, thus making it perfect for my use case. Looking forwards to investigating the heaps of other features it offers.
The kind of app that doesn’t just solve your problem, but gives you ideas.

Prteek ,

Wow just amazing for my data science work

I had not expected to find so feature rich and clean app at the same time which is so intuitive for a technical process like git. Love it, paid for it (a bit steep price but worth it for any meaningful work to be done on iPad). Plays very well with Juno app which I use for Jupyter notebooks. All in all great complete app for what it’s supposed to do.

MarkHimsley ,

Intuitive and functional

I wish all application user experiences were as intuitive as Working Copy. Features just work, smoothly, and with user feedback. I had an issue with a project that used large files, which was quickly and efficiently fixed. I wish my desktop tools were as good as Working Copy.


Anders Borum
92.7 MB

Requires iOS 12.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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