It's very common that, after pushing a given branch upstream, I'll want to visit it on github and create a pull request. I'm starting to get annoyed at having to manually visit the repo, find the branch, and create the PR.

Q: How can I write a command that visits the PR url in a browser?

The PR url is given by https://github.com/ORIGIN-REPO/compare/BRANCH-NAME. Since both the origin and the branch-name known by Magit (and by plain git), it should be easy to write a command that builds that URL and calls browse-url on it.

Unfortunately, I know nothing about the internals workings of Magit, so I don't know how to get that information.


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Here's what I came up with:

(defun pull-request-url ()
  "Build the URL or the pull requestion on GitHub corresponding
to the current branch. Uses Magit."
  (format "%s/compare/%s"
            (rx (and string-start (1+ any) "github.com:" (group (1+ any)) ".git" string-end))
            (magit-get "remote" (magit-get-current-remote) "url"))

magit.el is pretty easy to read, by the way.


Malabarba has posted his approach on his blog.

(defun endless/visit-pull-request-url ()
  "Visit the current branch's PR on Github."
  (browse-url (format "https://github.com/%s/pull/new/%s"
                       "\\`.+github\\.com:\\(.+\\)\\.git\\'" "\\1"
                       (magit-get "remote" (magit-get-push-remote) "url"))

By the way, I intend to add similar functionality (and a lot more ;-) to Magit itself, eventually.

  • @Malabarba the export of that snippet went wrong on your blog.
    – tarsius
    Jun 9, 2016 at 10:09
  • And do let me know when you add something like that into magit. :-)
    – Malabarba
    Jun 9, 2016 at 14:07

Have you considered magithub?

It doesn't let you view the pull request of the current branch, but it gives you a full list of pull requests which you can visit by pressing RET.

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Note this requires hub 2.2.

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