Mobile blogging with Working Copy

· geek ·

When I set up this blog to use Hugo with Git hooks on my server, I had in mind that this setup might allow me to publish articles from my iPhone or iPad as well as from my computer. This would require an iOS app that would allow me to push to my own Git repository and also create files in the app. I had trouble finding such a thing until I stumbled on Working Copy.

Working Copy is an amazing app. It somehow manages to enable almost the full power of Git in a mobile format, which is a bit mind-boggling. The basic app is free (so you can try it out), but if you want to be able to push to repositories as well as pull, you need to buy the in-app purchase. I’ve created a document template in Editorial that asks for a title then creates a new document with the correct metadata at the top of the file. I can then send this file to Working Copy using the Edit in Editorial workflow. If all goes to plan, that’s how I published this post! Working Copy also has a good x-callback API, so it should be possible to set up all kinds of clever iOS workflows with Editorial, Drafts or Workflow1.

I don’t think that I will be posting from mobile devices all that often, as I love my physical keyboard and the comforts of Spacemacs, but it is incredibly handy to be be able to do it when I’m away from my computer.

  1. I use Workflow, but I have to admit that I haven’t really got to grips with it. ↩︎