Get Git Head via PHP script

Sometimes it’s interesting to¬† get the hash of the head of the current git repository, with it you can check if you are running an up-to-date version or postfix it in URLs with ‘?version=(hash)’ so you won’t have problems with browser/proxies caches.

Bellow is a snippet that either returns the hash of the branch, by default master, or false in case you aren’t running the project with a git repo.


 * Get the hash of the current git HEAD
 * @param str $branch The git branch to check
 * @return mixed Either the hash or a boolean false
function get_current_git_commit( $branch='master' ) {
  if ( $hash = file_get_contents( sprintf( '.git/refs/heads/%s', $branch ) ) ) {
    return trim($hash);
  } else {
    return false;