Shows you Git changes in the Kirby panel and allows you to add/commit/push them, manually or automatically.

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2.0.0 2024-02-04 07:30 UTC


For contributing instructions, please check CONTRIBUTING.md. Thanks!

Note: Once the Kirby 3.6 docs come up (especially the UI Kit ones), I'll be able to invest some time and add a few features I've planned for a while.

Kirby Git

Shows you Git changes in the Kirby panel and allows you to add/commit/push them, manually or automatically.

demo gif in the panel


With Composer:

composer require oblik/kirby-git

Note: This plugin requires Git version 2.22.0 or above. Check how to update it on your server here.


In order to work successfully with this plugin (and Git in general), you need separate branches in order to avoid overwriting history.

Let's say your repository is hosted on GitHub. This means you have a remote called origin and it points to that GitHub repo. Example setup:

  • live is the branch that is checked out on the live server. Content changes are pushed to origin/live from the panel via this plugin. You should never push to origin/live by other means. This would allow editors to always be able to commit and push new changes.
  • dev is the branch where you do development work locally on your machine. You can freely make both site changes and content changes and push them to origin/dev for other developers to pull.
  • master is where you merge the other two branches. You pull content changes from origin/live, merge them with your local changes on dev, resolve conflicts locally, and push to origin/master.

Whenever someone in the panel issues a pull, the origin/master branch will be fetched and merged with the local live on the server if, and only if a fast-forward merge is possible. This means that if there are changes on live that are not reflected on origin/master, the merge will fail.

Example flow:

  1. You push C1 (commit 1) and C2 from your dev to origin/dev
  2. Editors push C3 and C4 from live to origin/live
  3. You pull C3 and C4 from origin/live to your local live
  4. You merge your master with your dev and your live, resulting in a merge commit C5
  5. Your master now has all C1, C2, C3, and C4 and you push it to origin/master
  6. Editors will be able to pull origin/master and fast-forward to C5, which has your C1 and C2

If editors created a new commit C6 on their live before merging with origin/master, the merge would have failed because C6 does not yet exist on origin/master. So they push C6 to origin/live, you pull it, merge it with master, and push it to origin/master. After that, editors would be able to pull.


The plugin expects a repo to already be initialized and set up. You just give a path to that repo and check out the branch it should use.

Options for the plugin are specified with dot notation in site/config/config.php. For example:

return [
    'oblik.git.repo' => '/path/to/repo',
    'oblik.git.merge' => 'master',


What executable to use. You might need to specify this option if there are multiple versions of Git on the machine.

Default: git


Path to a folder containing a Git repo (a .git folder).

Default: kirby()->root('index') (the project folder)


What remote to use for pulling from and pushing to remote branches.

Default: origin


What branch to be used for merging when issuing a pull.

Default: master


An array of Kirby hooks to use as a trigger for git add and git commit. Example:

return [
    'oblik.git.hooks' => [

With the above config, a new commit will be created any time a page or the site object is updated. However, this could bloat your repository with hundreds (or even thousands) of commits. You could use a hook like user.login:after that gets triggered more rarely.

Default: null


Absolute path to a file where each command executed by this plugin will be logged. Example:

return [
    'oblik.git.log' => '/path/to/kirby-git.log'

Logs will look like this:

git -C /var/www/site status -u --porcelain 2>&1
git -C /var/www/site rev-list --count master 2>&1
git -C /var/www/site log origin/master..master --format=%h 2>&1
git -C /var/www/site log master --pretty=format:"%h|%an|%ae|%ad|%s" --skip="0" --max-count="15" 2>&1

Default: false


For displaying a summary of Git changes, you could use the git section in a blueprint:

title: Page
    type: git
    headline: Git Status

git status section


In the panel view, you can add, commit, and push changes in a very simple manner. Just three columns and three buttons:

git panel view


The plugin uses Kirby's REST API to provide a means for the panel view to communicate with PHP. You can use it as well! Check the various routes here.


You can work with Git via the Git class as well. For example:

use Oblik\KirbyGit\Git;

$git = new Git();
$git->commit('my message');