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Best Graphical Git Clients for Linux


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by Nitesh Kumar

This article will cover a list of graphical “Git” clients available for Linux. Git is a distributed version control system originally created by Linus Torvalds. It can help in tracking changes for your project files or code repositories and can be used to go back to earlier file revisions by reverting commits. The “git” command is undoubtedly one of the most popular commands to manage git repositories. However, this article will mainly focus on graphical git clients.

 

Git Cola

Git Cola is a free and open source graphical git client that can be used to compare git repository revisions and show diff for them. It can also be used to make new commits, merge branches, edit path, edit index, manage remote branches, create tags, rebase content, search files, edit repository configuration, apply patches, cherry pick commits, and so on.

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You can download Git Cola in Ubuntu by running the command mentioned below:

$ sudo apt install git-cola

You can install Git Cola in other Linux distributions from the package manager. More packages and installation options are available here.

GitAhead

GitAhead is a free and open source graphical git client written in C++ and Qt. It can be used to clone repositories, create new repositories, view log, browse files in tree view, manage configuration of the repository, create and manage commits, manage remote repositories, manage branches, change configuration of sub-modules, show history, view diff, manage stashes, apply and manage patches, and so on. It also comes with a dark theme.

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You can download GitAhead in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions by getting an installer available here.

Ungit

Ungit is a free and open source graphical git client for Linux written in Electron. Ungit features a remote web based layout as well that you can run on your own server. Other main features of Ungit include a built-in file browser, ability to auto-refresh, diff highlighter, ability to show commit history in a flow-chart like graphical layout, manage remote repositories, manage sub-modules, create and manage commits, view side-by-side comparison, plugins for popular text editors like VS Code, Atom and Brackets, ability to revert commits, and so on.

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You can download Ungit in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions by getting executable binaries available here.

Gitg

Gitg is a free and open source graphical git client developed by the GNOME team. It can show commit history, show diff between commits and two files, includes a tree-view file browser, search commits, create and manage commits, connect to remote repositories, stage changes, edit user information, visualize commits and revision history, and so on. It is specially designed to handle data of large repositories that may run into many GBs of data.

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You can download Gitg in Ubuntu by running the command mentioned below:

$ sudo apt install gitg

You can install Gitg in other Linux distributions from the package manager. A flatpak package is also available here.

Giggle

Giggle is a graphical git frontend also developed by the GNOME team. You can use it to create new commits and manage them, view revision and commit history, view visualizations showing past revisions, view diff between files and commits, create patches, apply patches, view shortlog, create and manage tags, create and manage branches, search revision history, search commit history, and so on.

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You can download Giggle in Ubuntu by running the command mentioned below:

$ sudo apt install giggle

You can install Giggle in other Linux distributions from the package manager. You can also compile it from source code available here.

Guitar

Guitar is a free and open source graphical git frontend written in C++ and Qt5. It is a multilingual software and it provides builds for Raspberry Pi as well. You can use to clone repositories, edit git configuration, manage GPG signatures, merge and manage branches, manage statshes, create and manage tags, run commands in an integrated terminal, browse files, prune repositories, clean repositories, manage sub-modules, and so on.

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You can download universal Guitar AppImage files that work on all Linux distributions from here.

Qgit

Qgit is a free and open source graphical git client written in C++ and Qt. You can use it to browse revision and commit history, manage and merge branches, view and apply patches, view diffs, view annotations, visualize revision and commit history, cherry pick commits, drag and drop commits, create and manage tags, browse files, show side-by-side view, show shortlog, and so on.

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You can download Qgit in Ubuntu by running the command mentioned below:

$ sudo apt install qgit

You can install Qgit in other Linux distributions from the package manager. You can also compile it from source code available here.

Conclusion

These are some of the best graphical git clients available for Linux. While many command line tools for managing git repositories are available, GUI git clients have an advantage as they can show revision and commit history visualizations in a neat way using various user interface elements. These visualizations allow you to better observe your git repositories. Some git clients also allow you to run various actions on these visualizations by right clicking on them.


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