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Create a GitHub pull request from command line

You may have noticed that when you push a new branch to a GitHub repository, you get a handy URL to create a corresponding pull request:

$ git checkout -b test
Branch 'test' set up to track local branch 'master' by rebasing.
Switched to a new branch 'test'

$ git push -u origin test
Total 0 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
remote: Create a pull request for 'test' on GitHub by visiting:
remote:      https://github.com/proinsias/proinsias.github.io/pull/new/test
To github.com:proinsias/proinsias.github.io.git
 * [new branch]      test -> test
Branch 'test' set up to track remote branch 'test' from 'origin' by rebasing.

You can of course visit the URL from the command line:

open https://github.com/proinsias/proinsias.github.io/pull/new/test

Create a GitHub pull request using hub

If you want more control over this process from the command line, check out GitHub’s wonderful hub tool “that makes git easier to use with GitHub”. For example, hub enables you to create a pull request with a pre-populated title and description:

hub pull-request \
    --assign proinsias \
    --browse \
    --labels work-in-progress \
    --message "My title" \
    --message "My description." \

Create a Bitbucket pull request from command line

The following script (based on bitbucket-pr and updated for python3) achieves something similar for Bitbucket repos:


rawBranch=$(git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD)
org=$(git config --get remote.origin.url | grep -Eo "(\w*)/$project.git\/?$" | cut -d/ -f1)
branch=$(python -c "import urllib.parse; print(urllib.parse.quote_plus('''$rawBranch'''))")
if [[ $org = *[!\ ]* ]]
    echo "Opening browser..."
    echo "Not in a bitbucket repo"

open "https://bitbucket.org/${org}/${project}/pull-requests/new?source=${branch}"