YAML Workflows

You can continue to use YAML-based workflows, but we recommend using new workflows in Warp Drive instead for a better editing experience.

What is it

Workflows are an easier way to execute and share commands within Warp. They are easily parameterized and searchable by name, description, or command arguments. Common workflows sourced by the Warp team and community are readily available within the app. Additionally, you can create and scope workflows locally or to a git repository.

How to use it

  • Press Command Search CTRL-R or through the Command Palette CMD-P to find Workflows.
  • Once inside the menu, start typing in the search bar to filter the existing workflows. (e.g. git, android, npm, etc.)
  • When a Workflow is selected, you can use SHIFT-TAB to cycle thru the arguments.
  • You can also expand the menu horizontally with the mouse by dragging it on the right edge.

How it works

YAML Workflows Demo
YAML Workflows Demo

How is this Different from Aliases?

Workflows solve some major pain points with aliases, specifically the:
  1. 1.
    need to context switch
    1. 1.
      leave vim, source dotfiles, or reset shell
  2. 2.
    difficulty with attaching documentation
  3. 3.
    inability to easily search or share
  4. 4.
    inability to easily parameterize

Creating Custom Workflows

How to create a workflow with YAML

Workflows can easily be shared with your team by saving a workflow's YAML file to ~/.warp/workflows/ or .warp/workflows/ in the top level of a repository. Local and Repository workflows can be accessed under the "My Workflows" and "Repository Workflows" tab of the Workflows menu, respectively.
See the existing workflows spec within the Workflows repo for examples. Additionally, we outline the file format below:
The workflow file format is a yaml file and must have either a `.yml ` or `yaml` extension. If you're new to YAML and want to learn more, see Learn YAML in Y minutes.

The name of the Workflow. Required.
The command that is executed when the Workflow is selected. Required.
An array of tags that are useful to categorize the Workflow. Optional.
tags: ["git", "GitHub"]
The description of the Workflow and what it does. Optional.
The URL from where the Workflow was originally generated from. This is surfaced in commands.dev for attribution purposes. Optional.
The original author of the Workflow. For example, if this workflow was generated from StackOverflow, the author would be the author of the StackOverflow post. This is surfaced in commands.dev for attribution purposes. Optional.
The URL of original author of the Workflow. For example, if this workflow was generated from StackOverflow, the author_url would be the StackOverflow author's profile page. This is surfaced in commands.dev for attribution purposes. Optional.
The list of shells where this Workflow is valid. If not specified, the Workflow is assumed to be valid in all shells. This must be one of zsh, bash, or fish.
A Workflow can have parameterized arguments to specify pieces of the Workflow that need to be filled in by the user.
You can specify which part of the Workflow command maps to an argument by surrounding it with two curly braces ({{<argument>}}).
For example the workflow command:
for {{variable}} in {{sequence}}; do
Includes 3 arguments: variable, sequence, and command.
The name of the argument. The argument name is used within the command to specify the ranges of the argument. Required.
name: Example workflow
command: echo {{string}}
- name: string
description: The value to echo
The description of the argument. This is surfaced in both commands.dev and Warp to help users fill in Workflow arguments. Optional
The default value for the argument. If specified, the default_value replaces the argument name within the command. Optional

Where to save workflows

Local workflows are scoped to your machine. Repository workflows are scoped to a git repository and can be accessed by anyone who has cloned the repo. Note: Repository workflows will not appear if you are ssh'd into a remote machine.
Local Workflow Path: ~/.warp/workflows
Repository Workflow Path: {{path_to_git_repo}}/.warp/workflows

Adding a Local Workflow

To start, create a workflows subdirectory within your .warp folder
mkdir -p ~/.warp/workflows
Add your workflow’s .yaml file to this directory; if the file format is valid Warp should automatically load it into the Workflows menu.
cp ~/path/to/my_awesome_workflow.yaml ~/.warp/workflows

Adding a Repository Workflow

You can add a repository workflow similarly to how you added a local workflow. Create a workflows folder in a repository’s root directory and save your .yaml file like so:
cd {{repository_path}}
mkdir -p .warp/workflows/
cp ~/path/to/my_awesome_workflow.yaml .warp/workflows

Contributing to Global Workflows

You can contribute workflows that will be made available to other Warp users by forking the Workflows repo and opening a pull request. See the Contributing section for more details.