Why I use emoji in my commit messages
This article is outdated, I now much prefer Conventional Commits
TL;DR: Using a rigid commit format with emoji means I limit myself to a commit per ‘thing’, it also allows me to parse my commits quickly.
What’s in a commit?
Everybody has had that sinking feeling of losing minutes, hours or days worth of work due to forgetting to save, as a hangover from this I find myself constantly committing changes to effectively ‘save the state’.
Because of this my projects usually end up with hundreds if not thousands of commit messages, I need a way to quickly parse what the commit messages relate to.
Expanding on Sparkbox's original idea for the case of semantic commit messages I am forcing myself to a rigid commit format and replacing ‘type’ with a specific ‘emoji’.
What does this look like?
$ git log --pretty=format:"%h - %s" 6b3b372 - ⚙️ Resolves #18 : Added robots.txt file eb96af8 - ⚙️ Resolves #21 : Added hsts header for preloading 54e4159 - ⚙️ #20 : Added gatsby netlify cms plugin for default security headers 6b4006a - ⚙️ Resolves #17 : Added sitemap plugin 59098a9 - ✨ Resolves #15 : Added link to edit article in footer 8710216 - 🐛 Inline block article list bug on larger screens 3df3309 - 💅 Resolves #14 : Added link style with some animation feafa8f - ✨ Resolves #7 : Added new tag component, articles now have headers showing the tags
/Commit log for this site at the time of writing/
What emojis have you been using?
Personally I like:
⚙️ - Anything build / settings related ✨ - New feature 🐛 - Bug fix 💅 - Styling or display change 🛂 - Testing related 🌏 - SEO Related 📝 - Updating content 🗑 - Removing things 🔨 - Dependency related
If you’d like to use your own emoji style you can use:
- ‘Emoji keyboards’
WIN + ._ Mac
- A Commitizen script * Also gives the added bonus of enabling ‘smart commits’
Whatever your format is it doesn’t matter as long as it’s uniform.