Useful GitHub Commit Emoji
Friday, October 10 2014

For a while now users of GitHub have been able to include emoji pretty much anywhere. The problem? There are nearly 1000 to choose from, so which ones are actually useful for commits?

Naturally, the answer is “it’s up to you.” If you think your commit needs a cow :cow: in it, then go right ahead — I promise I won’t judge (just kidding, I will, and hard). I have traditionally been very skeptical of any sorts of sigils in software development, but anything can be good in moderation. Here are a few emoji I’ve identified as being practical for tagging commits, along with what they should be used for:

I’ll be experimenting with adding some color to my commits in the coming months, and will probably expand this list as I discover more emoji.


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