I'd rather use regular text editing functions when rebasing instead of learning magit's bindings.

Is there a way to use magit but disable git-rebase-mode?

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You can remove git-rebase from auto-mode-alist:

(require 'cl-lib)
(setq auto-mode-alist
      (cl-remove-if (lambda (x) (eq (cdr x) 'git-rebase-mode))
  • (setq auto-mode-alist (rassq-delete-all 'git-rebase-mode auto-mode-alist)) works, without cl-lib.
    – ideasman42
    Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 4:42

Adding another answer for completeness, when using use-package, this needs to be done from :init, eg:

(use-package magit
  ;; Don't use magit for interactive rebase
  ;; (has own entire key-map, doesn't allow text-file editing).
  (setq auto-mode-alist (rassq-delete-all 'git-rebase-mode auto-mode-alist)))
  • Had to add the line inside :config rather than :init, because at least when used with git-commit mode, doing a git commit --amend adds the 'git-rebase-mode back to the alist.
    – Hi-Angel
    Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 14:15

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