Experimental GitX fork

Here’s an update on my experimental GitX fork.

Screenshot of GItX window

Download the current binary from the github download page.

Some of the things I’ve added are:

  • Sidebar/source view
  • I started with Pieter de Bie’s sidebar branch and went to town.

  • Remote Operations
  • Fetch, pull, push, add remote, clone, and clone to.

  • Commit operations
  • Merge, cherry-pick, and rebase.

  • Checkout file
  • In the contextual menu for files. Checkout the file as it existed in the selected commit to the index.

  • Diff commits and files
  • In the contextual menu for commits and files. Opens a new window with a diff against the current HEAD. A commit diffs the state of the repository as it existed at that commit. A file diffs the state of the file as it existed in that commit.

  • File Browser selection
  • The file browser now maintains it’s selection when you change to a different commit.

  • Quick Look support for 10.6
  • Now supports the public API for quick look.

If you use git on OS X 10.5+ give my GitX fork a try and let me know what you think.

UPDATE (9/12/2010): I released a newer version of my experimental GitX fork.


  1. Stephane says:

    Thanks for this experiment, looks good and will give a try to see if it works good too :) But this features are really needed to replace git gui

  2. Talha says:

    What a great fork. Everyone at my office loves this!

  3. Fabio says:

    Finally having pull and push in the GUI is great! When are you going to release this as version 0.8? :-)

  4. Brotherbard says:

    I’m working on it when I can. Sorry, I don’t have a date.

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  6. André says:

    I appreciate your effort on this.

    The sidebar is great, I just think the right hand-side introduces too much clutter: From title bar to commits, my eyes have to get through too many horizontal barriers: Title bar, tool bar, filter bar, column heading, and then the commits.

    Additionally to be straining my eyes, it seems like this wastes too much screen estate. I can see why you’d want to keep the buttons for creating branches/tags, merging etc. out of the tool bar, but I still think it might be a better idea to just leave them there.

    Or is that just me?

  7. Brotherbard says:

    You are not the only one to have that observation. I have received several similar comments.

    The current button arrangement is my interpretation of Pieter de Bie’s (GitX’s maintainer) request to have an iPhoto like interface with the buttons inside the view instead of in the toolbar. He felt that having that many buttons in the toolbar was too cluttered. Also there will be additional views in the future which may add more buttons/commands.

    I’m not particularly happy with the current setup. You can’t customize them, you can’t show labels and the remote buttons at the bottom are too far away from the rest. I will probably put the remote buttons back in the toolbar, but I’m not sure if putting them all back is the right answer or not, I’m still thinking about it.

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  10. Christian says:

    Nice one!
    Haven’t used your version yet, but the screenshots look promising :)

  11. milkfilk says:

    I’ve been using this as my main Git client for a few months. I like it a lot. I haven’t had any problems with stability and have been checking sanity with command line “git branch”. It all works. I love this project.

  12. Sam says:

    This looks amazing — all the features I love of Gity with the wonderful graphical representations and staging of Gitx. Thanks, and keep it up!

  13. Adam says:

    Brotherbards’s GitX simply rocks! Thanks for all your work. I think this really deserves to be an official GitX continuation, not just a fork :)

  14. Don says:

    I have been using this for 2 weeks both local and with a remote (beanstalk). It works perfect! I can finally get rid of the command line.

  15. Ben Langfeld says:

    I actually said “Wow” out loud when I saw this….

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  17. This is a great product. Wow! I can finally pull/push and manage multiple repositories easily. The “Amend” commit feature is GREAT!

    Really nice job. If you create a donate feature, I will donate $10 for your efforts. Thanks again.

  18. This is a very great improvement over the 0.7.1 we are allllll so fond of.
    I would suggest it to all developers.

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  22. Sam Minnee says:

    Is this related to the http://gitx.laullon.com/ version of GitX? If so, do you perhaps want to post a link to it? http://gitx.laullon.com/ seems like the most up-to-date version of GitX and I’d like to see it get to #1 in Google! ;-) Seriously, though, I think it would be good for the GitX community if there was a clear primary version.

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