Best Git Client For Mac 2018

Choosing the right Git GUI client for Mac OS X Vincent Danen is a Subversion fan, but coming around to Git for the Mac. Before learning the command line for Git, he shopped around for a GUI client. GitKraken is the best cross-platform Git client in 2018! GitKraken's intuitive design increases productivity by simplifying complicated commands, integrating with popular repository hosting sites, and having a built-in code editor and merge tool.

  1. Best Git Gui For Mac
  2. Best Git Client Windows 10
  3. Git Client For Windows
Freeware
Windows/macOS/Linux
138 MB
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Features:

  • Cross-Platform
  • Repo Management
  • Seamless Integrations
  • Drag & Drop
  • Git LFS
  • 1-Click Undo & Redo
  • Git Hooks Support
  • Fuzzy Finder
  • Gitflow Support
  • Resizable Commit Graph
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • File History & Blame
  • Submodules
  • Light & Dark Themes
  • In-App Merge Tool
  • Visual Interactions

Pro Features:

Best Git Gui For Mac

  • Merge Conflict Editor
  • Multiple Profiles
  • Additional Integrations
  • Email Support

What's New:

Improvements

  • Addresses the git vulnerabilities identified in CVE-2018-10887 and CVE-2018-10888.

Bug Fixes 🐛

  • For those of you that didn’t appreciate Inception, we resolved an issue with duplicate repository names appearing in the breadcrumb list when a submodule had the same name as a recently opened repository.
  • What good is a Blame button when there’s nobody to blame? The History and Blame buttons will now only appear for appropriate files.
  • We all want to feel welcome, but Keif was getting a little carried away… Now, when opening a repository from the CLI using the -p argument, GitKraken will open the repository instead of the welcome screen.
  • The History and Blame buttons will no longer throw the error: “File path to get history is required.”
  • The error message “GitUrlParse.default.stringify is not a function” will no longer appear when cloning or pushing from a TFS instance.

Enterprise

  • v3.6.6 does not include any changes to GitKraken Enterprise other than those listed above.

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There comes a time in any coder or non-coder’s life when keeping track of file changes in your own head just gets out of hand. When that happens the logical next step is to move your files, whether it be code, configuration files, text files or other; to a version control system.

Git is a popular version (or revision) control system which is in wide use today and is built for speed and reliability. Although other protocols are available (for example, CVS or Subversion), Git is one of the more popular ones to use because of its speed, ease of use and availability on a variety of operating systems.


Git is a great system for many different kinds of items, from configuration files to code, on projects where one person to a whole development team are working on. The Linux kernel is one of the more famous projects which currently use git for version control.

While many power users prefer to use the flexible and powerful git command line, several Windows clients are available which make using a git easier for someone who is not used to the system.

Git For Windows

Git for Windows is a Windows port of git with a lightweight interface. It includes the git binaries and a GUI to work with it. Git for Windows, or git-gui, is the most stable of the options even if it lacks some of the more advanced features that the ones below do have.

Make sure you write down the first file – “Git….windows” rather than msysgit, which is command line only and is used in some of the other projects below.

TortoiseGit

If you are familar with TortoiseSVN, TortoiseGit is a very similar program. Instead of working with an external GUI, TortoiseGit is a shell extension which integrates with your Explorer content menu within Windows. This has both its upside and downsides – you don’t have an external program to deal with but you do need to use the TortoiseGit software to do your merges, check for comparisons (diff) and other features.

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SmartGit

SmartGit bills itself as the ‘easy to use’ git client, and it delivers. SmartGit is probably my favorite of the group, due to its ease of use, built in tools and complete feature set.

One thing that I absolutely love about SmartGit is that it has integration with GitHub. If you use GitHub to manage your code, this integration makes it a breeze to work with your code. If you are new to git, SmartGit is a good program to start with.

SmartGit requires that you install msysgit as a prerequisite. It is commercial software but is free for personal use.

EGit for Eclipse

EGit is an Eclipse IDE (Integrated Development Environment) plugin. It works to manage your code in the git filesystem while you use Eclipse to actually write your code. Eclipse is a popular free development environment, which is why this is mentioned here.

Git Extensions

Git Extensions is a Windows Shell Extension for Git, much like TortoiseGit. I have read good things about it, but honestly after I installed it I had some problems and errors that seemed not normal. I was able to fix it by removing the line “hideDotFiles = dotGitOnly” from my .git/configure directory. It also requires that you install 2 external programs, msysgit and Kdiff.

Git Extensions also includes a plugin for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, 2008 and 2010.

To Each Their Own

The number of Windows git clients is growing constantly. What works for one person might not work for another, so it is important to try out several clients until you find one that works for you in your workflow. There are a number of projects which are working to build some Windows-native git clients such as Git# and also more cross-OS compatible ones like JGit.

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Do you have a preferred Windows Git client that is not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments below.

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Git Client For Windows

  1. I don't use Git often on Windows, but when I do, I use GitSharp. It's lean and mean and gits the job done.