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.
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.
Open text files in Textastic from the context menu. You will be asked to pick the outermost Working Copy folder the first time to grant Textastic access but after this it should be much faster than using the share sheet.
Compare to HEAD from context menu of commits. This is useful for comparing differences with other branches or old versions of a project.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
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.
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.
What Can I Do For Everyone Else Always?
I'm just a little burned out on the App Store shenanigans lately. I've lost count of the number of "Pro" upgrades of purchased which are now "free" and covered with ads. I'm tired of plunking down cash for expensive programs that, months later, switch to a subscription model, taking my cash and flushing it in the process. I'm tired of paying for apps, only to find them still filled with Ads. Maybe I'm just having a bad run, but the App Store truly feels like a scammer's bazaar these days. There are pick-pockets everywhere. I don't really lump the Working Copy folks into the group ... because they at least make a quality product and seem to put real effort into it. This is why I paid for a "permanent" Pro upgrade 14 months ago. And just paid $8 again for another "permanent" Pro upgrade. Like many other things, "permanent" doesn't mean what I thought it did. I'm sure it it's worth it, and I'm glad to support them, I just feel a little burned out and a little "over-used". I bought last Christmas and it just doesn't feel that long ago to get hit up again. I feel like I get rolled like a drunken sailor every time I log into the app store these days. I really like the app though. Nice work, guys.
Developer Response ,
Hi Rex, I understand that it can feel a bit much with many apps asking you to pay again and again. The upgrade mechanism in Working Copy is made to be fully voluntary. You can delay upgrading if the added pro features are not enticing and you can decide never to upgrade and the pro features you already have will stick around forever. The app will still be updated with bug-fixes and non-pro features without you having to pay again. If you can accept a delay in when you get the latest pro features every other year you could even delay purchasing the upgrade, such that you only upgrade every 24 months keeping down the costs.
- Anders Borum
- 94 MB
Requires iOS 13.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2014 Anders Borum
- In-App Purchases
- Pro Unlock $15.99
- Pro Unlock trial
- Pro Unlock trial
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.