Last Updated: September 09, 2019
· dhilowitz

TIP: How to Play a Sound Whenever You Commit to Git

One day it dawned on me: writing code alone at home can be a very isolating experience. There you are, day in day out, quietly making magic with your mind (sarcasm, obv.) only to silently commit the fruits of your labor into the void of your source control repository, appreciated by no one. If only a crowd of children could be retained for the sole purpose of cheering you on every time you complete something.

Amazingly, Brandon Keepers over at Collective Idea had the same exact same thought (almost; he was substantially less melodramatic in his blog post about it). Anyway, here is what my version of his script looks like:


toplevel_path=`git rev-parse --show-toplevel`
afplay -v 0.1 $toplevel_path/.git/hooks/happykids.wav > /dev/null 2>&1 &

I put this in a file called .git/hooks/post-commit.playsound. I then trigger this from the main .git/hooks/post-commitscript as follows:


toplevel_path=`git rev-parse --show-toplevel`

Where the post-commit.tweet script is the script from this blog post. If you aren't also tweeting your commit posts, you'll want to delete that line.

If you want this to work for every single Git repository from now on, add these scripts to your git-core templates. You’ll have to figure out where these are (it’s different for every setup). For my Mac, they’re located here: /opt/local/share/git-core/templates/hooks/post-commit.


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over 1 year ago ·

Great post! I done something similar, but I wanted it to work through SSH – so it would still play the sounds even if I was working within a Putty session.

You've motivated to put mine up, haha –

over 1 year ago ·

Great protip! Are we allowed to play jingle bells each time?

over 1 year ago ·

@matt-stevens: That's really cool. I like that it works even if you're in an SSH session.

over 1 year ago ·

@jasdeepkhalsa: Yes, but only if you don't share an office with anyone else. ;)

over 1 year ago ·

I have this on my work machine playing the Mario coin sound. Love it.

over 1 year ago ·