Smooth git handover with ‘mob’.
“Mob has allowed us to run fast-paced, engaging, and effective sessions by enabling sub-10-second handover times and otherwise getting out of the way. A simple but great tool!”
“I love it, it is a quantum leap in our collaboration.”
— Vasiliy Sivovolov, Senior Software Engineer
“What a great tool to organise remote working.”
“I was recently introduced to mob.sh for remote pairing/mobbing collaboration and I absolutely love it. The timer feature is really a selling point for me. Kudos”
curl -sL install.mob.sh | sh
On windows you can use
git bash to install
mob or when you’re using Scoop:
scoop install mob
You can also install it on macOS via homebrew:
brew install remotemobprogramming/brew/mob
If you want to update to the latest version using Homebrew
brew upgrade remotemobprogramming/brew/mob
You only need three commands:
mob next, and
Switch to a separate branch with
mob start and handover to the next person with
When you’re done, get your changes into the staging area of the
master branch with
mob done and commit them.
mob enables a smooth Git handover Basic Commands: start start mob session from base branch in wip branch next handover changes in wip branch to next person done squashes all changes in wip branch to index in base branch reset removes local and remote wip branch Basic Commands(Options): start [<minutes>] Start a <minutes> timer [--include-uncommitted-changes|-i] Move uncommitted changes to wip branch [--branch|-b <branch-postfix>] Set wip branch to 'mob/<base-branch>/<branch-postfix>' next [--stay|-s] Stay on wip branch (default) [--return-to-base-branch|-r] Return to base branch [--message|-m <commit-message>] Override commit message done [--no-squash] Do not squash commits from wip branch [--squash] Squash commits from wip branch reset [--branch|-b <branch-postfix>] Set wip branch to 'mob/<base-branch>/<branch-postfix>' Timer Commands: timer <minutes> start a <minutes> timer start <minutes> start mob session in wip branch and a timer Get more information: status show the status of the current mob session config show all configuration options version show the version of mob help show help Other moo moo! Add --debug to any option to enable verbose logging Examples: # start 10 min session in wip branch 'mob-session' mob start 10 # start session in wip branch 'mob/<base-branch>/green' mob start --branch green # handover code and return to base branch mob next --return-to-base-branch # squashes all commits and puts changes in index of base branch mob done # make a sound check mob moo
mob startcreates branch
mob-sessionand pulls from
mob nextpushes all changes to
mob next [ci-skip]commit
mob donesquashes all changes in
mob-sessioninto staging of
mob timer 10start a ten minute timer
mob start 10combines mob start and mob timer 10
mob statusdisplay the mob session status and all the created WIP commits
mob configprint configuration
If you’re using Zoom for screen sharing, here’s a tip on how to speed up the Git Handover even further: We recommend configuring the global hotkey for toggling screen sharing in zoom in (Zoom > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts). So you can start and stop screen sharing anytime. More tips on setting up Zoom for effective screen sharing.
There are two Arch packages in the AUR:
Example installation using AUR helper
yay -S mobsh-bin # OR yay -S mobsh
To get the timer to play “mob next” on your speakers when your time is up, you’ll need an installed speech engine. Install that on Debian/Ubuntu/Mint as follows:
sudo apt-get install espeak-ng-espeak mbrola-us1
Create a little script in your
say with the following content:
#!/bin/sh espeak -v us-mbrola-1 "$@"
Show your current configuration with
MOB_REMOTE_NAME=origin MOB_WIP_COMMIT_MESSAGE=mob next [ci-skip] MOB_REQUIRE_COMMIT_MESSAGE=false MOB_VOICE_COMMAND=say MOB_NOTIFY_COMMAND=/usr/bin/osascript -e 'display notification "%s"' MOB_NEXT_STAY=true MOB_START_INCLUDE_UNCOMMITTED_CHANGES=false MOB_WIP_BRANCH_QUALIFIER= MOB_WIP_BRANCH_QUALIFIER_SEPARATOR=- MOB_DONE_SQUASH=true
Override default value permanently via environment variables:
Override default value just for a single call:
MOB_NEXT_STAY=true mob next
# PROJECT_ROOT is the root of the project/repository cd $PROJECT_ROOT git version # >= 2.17 go version # >= 1.15 go build # builds 'mob' ./create-testbed # creates test assets go test # runs all tests go test -run TestDetermineBranches # runs the single test named 'TestDetermineBranches' # run tests and show test coverage in browser go test -coverprofile=cover.out && go tool cover -html=cover.out
When you try to run mob_test.go in your IDE you may get the following errors:
./mob_test.go:17:2: undefined: configuration ./mob_test.go:17:18: undefined: getDefaultConfiguration ... and so on ...
This is because the Run Configuration uses Test Kind: File as default and therefor does not find the source code within mob.go. Change the Test Kind to Directory, and try again. The tests should work now.
Developed and maintained by Dr. Simon Harrer.
Contributions and testing by Jochen Christ, Martin Huber, Franziska Dessart, Nikolas Hermann and Christoph Welcz. Thank you!
Logo designed by Sonja Scheungrab.