git hook - prefix your commit message with your JIRA ticket

If you follow gitflow or github-flow you will have branch names like this: feature/JIRA-1234-My-Feature or bugfix/ABC-121-Issue. And most of the times your commit messages will start the same: JIRA-1234 Created the button or ABC-121 Reverted Refactoring.

The Hook

if [ -z "$BRANCHES_TO_SKIP" ]; then
  BRANCHES_TO_SKIP=(main develop)

BRANCH_NAME=$(git symbolic-ref --short HEAD)
TICKET_NAME=$(echo $BRANCH_NAME | grep -Poi '\w*/\K([0-9]+)')
BRANCH_EXCLUDED=$(printf "%s\n" "${BRANCHES_TO_SKIP[@]}" | grep -c "^$BRANCH_NAME$")
ALREADY_IN_MSG=$(grep -ci "$TICKET_NAME" $1)
if [ -n "$BRANCH_NAME" ] && ! [[ "$BRANCH_EXCLUDED" -eq 1 ]] && ! [[ "$ALREADY_IN_MSG" -eq 1 ]]; then
  sed -i.bak -e "1s/^/AB#${TICKET_NAME^^} /" "$1"

Now if you are on your feature/JIRA-1234-Something branch and created a commit message without your ticket it will automatically prefix your ticket, so:

git commit -m "Test"

Will result in

JIRA-1234 Test

If you still prefix your ticket with this, don't worry, this will not prefix your message a second time. And the git hook works in all GUI's (Visual Studio, Rider, Source-Tree) or via the CLI.

How to install?

To use it you have to go into the .git folder of your repository. There you find a hooks folder with a lot of sample files. The hook we have written is called prepare-commit-msg. So create a new file called prepare-commit-msg. There is no extension and copy the content et voilà: You save about 0.52 seconds per commit message 😉

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