Working Copy - Git client 4+

for Swift Playgrounds

Anders Borum

    • #38 in Developer Tools
    • 4.9 • 2.2K Ratings
    • 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 5.2.1

Further improvements to GitLab authentication.

Includes major changes from 5.2.0

Protect your data with the Screen Lock that blocks access to the main app, Shortcuts actions, Files app and share sheet extension until you enter a passcode or authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID. Screen Lock is configured inside settings.

This is meant to protect from mistakes by children and friends borrowing your iPhone or iPad. Having a strong device passcode and keeping your device locked is safer as repositories, passwords, authentication tokens and ssh keys are stored using data protection measures in iOS and only readable when device is unlocked.

Screen Lock is a Pro feature available to everyone purchasing the Pro Unlock within the last 12 months.

GitLab authentication upgraded to Proof Key for Code Exchange (PKCE) replacing Implicit grant flow that has recently been disabled.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

Woojamon ,

Take my money!

Literally within the first 10 minutes of using this app I wanted to give this man my money. And I did. I was able to connect to my github account with ease and even create a PGP key in a few taps and I don’t even know what the heck a PGP key is except that it verifies my identity on github somehow when I push changes. I originally was looking for a markdown editor with source control capabilities and this app fits the bill. I was able to create some markdown and reference image files elsewhere in the repository and it all worked, and it even has a nifty markdown preview capability. I opened a second instance of the app side by side on my ipad and had one instance in editor mode and the other in preview mode, and although it’s not a live update, as soon as I tapped “Done” though the instance in preview mode reflected the changes immediately, which I more than I had hoped for from an app that wasn’t trying to be a markdown editor! I could still edit the markdown on the first instance too just by tapping on the text area again.

EDIT: I just noticed that the markdown preview refreshed about every 5 seconds or so, so even though it’s still not a live update, the auto refresh updates the preview fast enough!

Even if you don’t download the app just send the man your money anyways; he totally deserves it.

Sean D. Hunt ,

good but why have push pro only?

I find it stupid that pushing is a pro only feature. Because of that this app becomes useless after the trial forcing me back to the even more useless git2go because I cant zip up a repository that I cloned on my phone and transferred to my laptop to make changes and commited on to push it on my phone as the laptop has no internet as the wifi driver in 1803 and the latest windows insiders keeps disconnecting me. This is why I got this app to replace that trash app but with push being pro it makes this one trash too. Sorry but if you want people want to be able to use it without them being forced to buy pro or people like me who cannot get a job because of my mental stability and so I do open source to pass time. Please take this into consideration. I love the fact of gpg signing too something git2go does not have. Although I would like it if I could press some rebase button on a commit that asks me if I want to squash it into the previous commit and possibly ones after it or fixup the previous one using only the currently opened one to basically amend the one before it. Other than that keep up the good work. :wink: Even I would like to help with making this app if it itself was also open source.

Developer Response ,

I need to make push a pro feature to make the people seriously using the app pay for it. It can support the salary of one developer (me) and I work full time to improve it.

This is frustrating when it's too expensive, but the alternative would not be better for you.

I wouldn't have been able to spend much time developing a free app as it would be done after completing my paying day job and the result would not be close to the quality that Working Copy is now.

I'm working on ways to amend, squash and split commits.

furtab ,

Completely blown away

I’ve been using the app for over a year. I just found the image difference view with split view cut view and color glow. Oh. My. God. You mean to tell me that from one place I can edit files, see history, globally search, visually compare changes (Even in images), and remotely push and PR to the Git server? WHY IS THIS ONLY $16 and $8 A YEAR after that?! this beats the SNOT out of stuff I’ve seen charged $50 and $100 a year on the desktop!

If you’re on the fence about whether you should pay $16 because you see every other app going 99 cents or bust—think more in terms of how much time this elegantly designed app will save you. How much do you value your time? Will this app save you time? Do it. JUST. DO IT. DON’T LET YOUR DREAMS BE DREAMS

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for noticing and for taking the time to write the review.

It is my new favourite and is shown at the bottom of the app website as the first review.

In-App Purchases

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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