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Describes git commit


Describes git commit

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.0

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-git-describe --save-dev

One the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


In your project's Gruntfile, add a section named git-describe to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig().

  "git-describe": {
    "options": {
      // Task-specific options go here. 
    "your_target": {
      // Target-specific file lists and/or options go here. 

Note that since this is a multi-task you have to have at least one target defined for git-describe (otherwise the task won't run)

Type: String
Default value: '.'

A string value that is used to do set the current working directory when spawning the git command

Type: String
Default value: undefined

A string value that is used as commitish for git. Default is to use HEAD.

Type: String
Default value: {%=tag%}-{%=since%}-{%=object%}{%=dirty%}

A string value used to format the result of this task

Type: boolean
Default value: true

A boolean that allows Grunt to keep going if there's an error in this task. This is useful if your build isn't guaranteed to always be run from within a Git repo.

If you would like to save or otherwise use the retun value, use grunt.event.emit. Here is an example:

grunt.registerTask('saveRevision', function() {
    grunt.event.once('git-describe', function (rev) {
        grunt.log.writeln("Git Revision: " + rev);
        grunt.option('gitRevision', rev);

In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.

2.3.2 - Support CLI options
2.3.1 - Externalize common code to separat modules
2.3.0 - Added support for templated parameters
2.2.0 - Removed support for callback and prop (use grunt.event.emit instead)
2.1.0 - Added support for callback and template and deprecated dirtyMark
2.0.0 - Updated version for grunt ~0.4.0
1.0.0 - First release, compatible with grunt ~0.3.0