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Git Hooks without extra dependencies like Husky in Node.js project

Git 2.9+ supports core.hooksPath for local git hooks, so we do not need extra dependencies like husky.

lint-staged recommented to use with husky.
However, husky v5.0.0 is licesed under The Parity Public License.

We can use core.hooksPath instead of husky.

πŸ“ husky v5 also use core.hooksPath internally. It is a wrapper for some commands and provide extra features.


Setup for lint-staged.

  • 1. mkdir .githooks
  • 2. Create .githooks/pre-commit and put the following content.


npx --no-install lint-staged
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  • 3. Add prepare lifecycle script to package.json
  "scripts": {
    "prepare": "git config --local core.hooksPath .githooks"
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Complete to setup! πŸŽ‰

This prepare hooks is exected when the user has run npm install or yarn install.

πŸ“ You can also use postinstall hook.
However, If your package is not private and you're publishing it on a registry like, you should not use postinstall scripts.

See also Husky's documentation.


  • no dependencies


  • not available add command like husky add
  • can not run local hooks and global hooks at once(husky <=v4 and simple-git-hooks allow it because these does not use core.hooksPath)


It is an example repository.


Some environment like Cloudflare Pages or Heroku clone the repository without .git directory for deploying the repository.

In the env, you will see the following errors

fatal: Not a git repository
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You can avoid this error by following changes.

  "scripts": {
-    "prepare": "git config --local core.hooksPath .githook"
+    "prepare": "git config --local core.hooksPath .githook || echo 'Can not set git hooks'"
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See also Disable hooks in CI - Husky.

Top comments (2)

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azu • Edited

simple-git-hooks is alternative of husky.

My points:

  • Conbination global git hook and local git hook:
  • Dependencies:
    • No dependencies: My Approach
    • Single dependency: simple-git-hooks, husky v5
    • Multiple dependencies: husky v4
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Aaron Gong