Git GUI - git clients with graphic user interfaces
  • 27 Jun 2023
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Git GUI - git clients with graphic user interfaces

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There are many git clients from the base command line interface (CLI) all the way to fully graphical programs.

Here are a short list of programs we recommend.

Git Bash (git cli)

Install git
Git for Windows

  • easy things are easy
  • hard things are possible
  • enough rope to trip over yourself
  • Get help with our git cheat-sheet

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GitHub Desktop

Download GitHub Desktop

  • Best for beginners
  • limited and focused UI
  • easy to see and revert history
  • quick commit / push / fetch / pull workflow

Cons
-limited functionality
-no git graph

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SourceTree

Download SourceTree

  • Extremely popular and widely used
  • Great commit graph
  • Fully functional

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GitKraken

Download GitKraken

  • Best commit graph
  • Understand merges
  • Resolve issues
  • Many people pay for the excellent UI

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GittyUp

Download GittyUp

  • Excellent commit graph
  • Fully functional
  • FOSS
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Visual Studio Code

Download VS Code
Tutorial: how to git VS Code

  • Full software dev IDE
  • Git plugin
  • Can edit text files
  • Familiar to software developers

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TortoiseGit

Download TortoiseGit

  • Windows
  • Familiar to users of TortoiseSVN
  • Works in file explorer. Right-click on folders and files to commit/push/diff

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Many more

There are dozens of programs to help you with git. See a much longer list here: Git GUIs


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