Masatoshi Nishiguchi

Simple bash script to create a new git project repository

When I was learning basics on Linux operating system following Linux Foundation’s online lectures a few month ago, I created a simple bash script that helps create a new git repository.


The purposes of creating that script were:

After writing more than several practice scripts for the sake of learning, I decided to write a practical custom command to create a new project directory and initialize it as a local git repository.

Today I recall that script and tried to use it, but it could not be run from Desktop of my MacBook Air. I thought now is the time to learn how to make a bash script global.

Just as usual, I google around to get general ideas. As it turned out, it was pretty straightforward. All we need to do is just place the script in /usr/local/bin.


# Ask the user for a directory name to be created.
echo "Enter the directory name to be created:"
read dirname

# Create a new directory with that name and CD into it.
mkdir $dirname
cd ./$dirname

# Report the working directory.
echo "$dirname has been created"
echo "Moved into $( pwd )"

# Create a few files.
touch index.html
echo "# $dirname" >
echo ".DS_Store" > .gitignore

# Initialize git.
git init
git add -A
git commit -m "Initial commit"

# Report the filenames that have been created.
ls -hartl

# Tell the user that this script is done.
echo "Done!"


I am very happy about this script so far because I was able to factor out and automate the initial steps of creating a new project repository. With this script, I don’t need to manually initialize the repository and create README any more!