#workflow #cli

app workflows

A cli tool for creating a seemless workflow with remote and local git repos

8 unstable releases (3 breaking)

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0.3.1 Nov 13, 2023
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A CLI tool for creating a seamless workflow with remote and local git repos.

workflows allows users to view projects on their GitHub and their local machine. The selected project is then opened in a tmux session.

If the selected project is not already present on the user's machine, it is cloned from GitHub and then opened in a tmux session.

Projects are selected using fzf for a fluent keyboard driven workflow.


workflows makes use of the following programs

Program Purpose Required
fzf Selecting Projects Yes
gh Viewing and Cloning github projects Optional
git Checking the status of local repos Optional
tmux Terminal Multliplexer that projects are launched in Yes
tmuxinator Session manager for tmux Yes

Both gh and git integration can be disabled via configuration, however they are both enabled by default.

Checking Requirements

To check if the needed programs are installed, run workflows health check

workflows --health


Installing from cargo

cargo install workflows

Installing latest from source

cargo install --git https://github.com/danielronalds/workflows

Building from source

git clone https://github.com/danielronalds/workflows
cd workflows
cargo build --release


Opening a project

To open a project, open a terminal and run workflows. You'll be greeted with a fzf UI with your list of projects. Local projects will be displayed instantly, however GitHub projects may take a second to load in depending on your connection strength. Select the project you'd like to open, and it'll be launched in a tmux session. If a tmuxinator config doesn't exist for the project, one will be created.

Projects are stored in ~/Projects/ by default, however this can be changed via the configuration file. This is also where GitHub projects are cloned to. If a project exists elsewhere on your system it won't be detected.

What commands are run with tmuxinator can be configured using the config file.

Creating a project

To create a project, run workflows --new <project-name>. This creates a directory with the name of the project in the projects directory. A tmuxinator config is created and run, launching the project in tmux.

The command --new can be exchanged for the shorthand -n.

Deleting a project

To delete a project, run workflows --delete. You'll be greeted with a fzf UI, but only with local projects. Selecting one will cause checks to be run on whether the repo has a clean working tree and is pushed to main. NOTE this only works for remote branches. With confirmation the project will be deleted.

Deleting using workflows --delete deletes the tmuxinator config as well as the project in the projects directory.

Cloning a project

Workflows can also be used to clone git repos using workflows --clone, or the short flag -c. This command is helpful for checking out projects that are not your own, and thus do not show up in the default open prompt.


workflows is configured by a toml file in either of the following paths

  • ~/.config/workflows/config.toml
  • ~/.workflows.toml

If the first option cannot be found, the second one is looked for. If neither is present then the default configuration is used

Default Configuration


open_prompt="Open: "
delete_prompt="Delete: "



start_commands=["nvim ."]

General configuration

Option Purpose Default Value
projects_dir Where workflows should look for projects. Path is relative to $HOME "Projects/"

fzf configuration

Option Purpose Default Value
layout The layout fzf should use, either default, reverse, or reverse-list "default"
border The border fzf should display around the finder. Options include: rounded, sharp, none, etc. For more run fzf --help. All fzf border types are supported. "none"
border_label The label to show in the border. If blank or no border is selected, the label won't show ""
open_prompt The prompt fzf should show when opening a project "Open: "
delete_prompt The prompt fzf should show when deleteing a project "Delete: "
pointer The pointer to the current item in fzf ">"
theme The theme to use with fzf. Options include: dark, light, 16, bw "dark"

github configuration

NOTE Both of these options require the gh cli tool, and for the user to be logged in.

Option Purpose Default Value
enabled Whether to enable GitHub Intergration true
confirm_cloning Whether to ask for confirmation before cloning a git repo into ~/Projects/ true
project_indicator A string that is prepended to a github project in the list view, to disable leave blank.

git configuration

NOTE Both of these options require git, and for the project to be a git repo. If one of these requirements is not fulfilled then both of these options will always be false when run.

Option Purpose Default Value
check_tree Check if the git repo has a clean working tree before deletion true
check_push Check if the git repo has been pushed before deletion true

tmuxinator configuration

Option Purpose Default Value
fresh_config If enabled, a tmuxinator configuration will be generated before every project launch. This can be useful if you've updated the other two options below false
window_names An array of names of the tmux windows tmuxinator should create ["editor"]
start_commands An array of the commands to run for each window when tmux is started. If there are not enough commands for the defined windows, then the default option is used. ["nvim ."]

Window Manager Integration

I wrote this program to be used with a window manager in mind, as it encourages even less interaction with a mouse. It has only been tested on Hyprland using kitty.

Hyprland Keybinds

This snippet below adds a bind for launching workflows with kitty in Hyprland

bind=SUPER_SHIFT,W,exec,kitty workflows

And this one is for running delete mode

bind=SUPER_SHIFT_CTRL,W,exec,kitty workflows --delete


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