Gitting Git Commits For Your Work Journal


You've finished work for the day, and you'd like a list of URLs to send your boss of your commits.


Use gitYesterday! Using node.js spawn and moment.js, we create permalink URLs to our commits on Github.

GH stores commits as URL/sha_commit_id

Get the start of yesterday using moment().subtract(1, "days").startOf("day").toString();

Spawn a child process (like Alien) using spawn:

const gitLog = spawn("git", [

When the child expulses up some data, we can log it:

gitLog.stdout.on("data", (data) => {
    const commits = data.toString().split("\n\n\n");

    commits.forEach((commit) => {
      const hash = commitLine.split(" ")[1];
      const url = createGHURL(hash);

Finally, we capture any exit codes, so we don't have to kill -9 anything we don't want to (again, like Alien).

var cleanExit = function () {
  process.on("SIGINT", cleanExit); // catch ctrl-c
  process.on("SIGTERM", cleanExit); // catch kill

Note! this must be run in the repo that has the .git folder


Ohhhhh yeah, that's nice. Unlike Alien.

Commits from **Sun Jul 24 2022 00:00:00 GMT-0500** to **Sun Jul 24 2022 23:59:59 GMT-0500** for **Bram Adams** from [**bramses/gitLastDay**](
Running: git log --after=Sun Jul 24 2022 00:00:00 GMT-0500 --before=Sun Jul 24 2022 23:59:59 GMT-0500 --author=Bram Adams
[this is an example](

nb: do not go to that SHA!

Extra Credit

Turn the executable into an Alfred script!

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