The Best Git Client For Mac

  1. Best Git Client For Mac

Git is one of the most popular version control systems for tracking file changes. It’s popularity picked up around 2010 as GitHub becomes the most popular open source repositories hosts. Here are some of the top 5 Git GUI Clients if you are on the market looking for a visualization of graph commit history instead of using git purely from the command interface. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with the git command interface and power users tend to fall for git command line over any GUI clients. That said, there is definitely a need and use for the GUI clients, so here are the top Git clients.

Github

Github offers Windows and Mac native clients which are great. If you use Github for your personal or work git projects (whether paid or free accounts, aka private or public repo), this is a great tool to manage all your git repository. It is possible to also use Github client to manage local git repo. However, if you want to migrate local git repo to a private git server, then Github client is not an ideal place for this task.

SourceTree

GUI Clients Git comes with built-in GUI tools ( git-gui, gitk ), but there are several third-party tools for users looking for a platform-specific experience. View GUI Clients →. Fast-forward to late 2016, where Tower is a hugely popular Git client on the Mac. In fact, it's the tool of choice for over 80,000 customers around the world like Google, IBM, eBay, Amazon, and Salesforce. SmartGit, Magit (Emacs plugin), and Gitg are probably your best bets out of the 14 options considered. 'Uncluttered UI' is the primary reason people pick SmartGit over the competition. This page is powered by a knowledgeable community that helps you make an informed decision.

When SourceTree first came out, I argued that it was the best Git client. Now I’m not too sure if that still holds true. I will leave you to judge among all other Git clients from this list. One distinct advantage with SourceTree by Atlassian is its deep integration with its maker’s other software suite. SourceTree has native support for Git repo hosted on both Github and Bitbucket. The later being another Atlassian’s platform for git repo hosting, it sure has advantages if you are buying into all the Atlassian’s other software such as Jira, Bamboo, Confluence etc.

GitKraken

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GitKraken is a true cross-platform Git GUI client that includes support for Linux, Windows, and Mac. If you are looking for a client that’s across all three platforms, look no further. I’ve used GitKraken briefly in Linux mainly because of lack of decent Linux git client. My experience has been somewhat mixed.

Yes, it has a great UI, the graphic commit history with branches are easy to look at and traceable. The only issue I had was its performance, somewhat sluggish on a mid-sized git repo.

If you don’t like the GitKarken theme, it also offers a light mode, which might be a welcome news for some of the developers out there.

Tower

As the only paid app featured in this list, Tower supports both Mac and Windows. Probably because it’s a paid app, it offers some of the best hands-on tutorials on some of the tricks this app offers. From the look, the Mac version is superior compared to it’s Windows counterpart. If you are someone that’s going to spend significant time in Mac environment and is willing to pay for the software, then this is a safe choice.

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TortoiseGit

TortoiseGit is old school, if you are someone that’s used to SVN and have been using Tortoise software for a long time, you will love TortoiseGit. It doesn’t have a true GUI client per se, rather just like SVN, TortoiseGit is something embedded into Window’s Explorer’s right-click context menu.

To perform any git operations with TortoiseGit, you need to go to find where the file is located in Windows Explorer. Right-click the root folder or anywhere inside a git project directory to perform git operations.

There you have it, top 5 Git clients that you can try if you are looking for a Git GUI Client. Let us know what your favor is or if you have an alternative to the list above.

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UPDATE: SourceTree is now available for download.

SourceTree is a popular Git client originally made for Mac. About three weeks ago, the maker of SourceTree, Atlassian, announced open Beta signup for its Windows version. Of course I rushed to sign up, eagerly waiting to try it out. Up until Atlassian’s announcement on SourceTree expending to Windows machines, Git client for Windows was far and few in between. This is with an exception of the official Github for Windows app.

If you are a developer primary using Windows with git as one of the version/source control, then you should definitely not miss SourceTree for Windows. It’s currently in Beta. Although it still requires sign-up, you can download the Windows version here without waiting for the email to arrive. The only prerequisites is Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, which you can go here to download the runtime Framework if you don’t have it installed.

Setup SourceTree on Windows

Once you have downloaded SourceTree, go ahead enter your Full Name and Email address. Those info will be used when you making commits to the code, and as a result, will be reflect when check-in any commits.

Best Git Client For Mac

Clone Git repository From Github

You can now add a repository by copy and past any git repo URL. The UI is almost identical to the Mac version, only feels simpler.

Once you have checked out a repo, or cloned a git repository you will be able to see a full commit logs with code previews and branch merges. One of the best features SourceTree has is the idea of git branch Graph. It makes working and collaborating with others a lot easier. It’s easier to see where you are at in terms of commit differences and branch merges. You can also change number of lines to show in the code preview to get a better understanding of what code and where in the project the changes made place.

Add A Remote Repo

Adding a remote repo is very easy, just click add, give a remote repo name and URL you are ready.

Pull Changes from Remote Upstream Repo

Once you have added any remote repo, pull changes from it are also very easy. Just click Pull, and you can pick and choose from a list of remote repos and the branch of each repo to pull from.

When the pull is complete you will still be able to see a list of changes in the commit log.

Push Commit To Remote Repo

Finally the last step is to push the changes to the server, in this case github. It’s also very easy, if you have more than one remote repo, you get the option to pick and choose which repo and branch your code will be pushed.

Enter your username and password for github, and you are all set.

Conclusion

Overall, SourceTree is a very nice complement to git’s command line interface. If you have not used any git GUI client, then I highly suggest you to give SourceTree a try, you will find everything with git become more clear and easier to understand.

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Definitely agree! I was using GitHub’s windows application before I switched to SourceTree, but SourceTree can’t be matched by any application known to me in terms of features and overall experience.