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GitUI provides you with the comfort of a git GUI but right in your terminal

Table of Contents

  1. Features
  2. Motivation
  3. Benchmarks
  4. Roadmap
  5. Limitations
  6. Installation
  7. Build
  8. Diagnostics
  9. Color Theme
  10. Key Bindings
  11. Sponsoring
  12. Inspiration

1. Features Top ▲

  • Fast and intuitive keyboard only control
  • Context based help (no need to memorize tons of hot-keys)
  • Inspect, commit, and amend changes (incl. hooks: commit-msg/post-commit)
  • Stage, unstage, revert and reset files, hunks and lines
  • Stashing (save, pop, apply, drop, and inspect)
  • Push/Fetch to/from remote
  • Branch List (create, rename, delete, checkout, remotes)
  • Browse commit log, diff committed changes
  • Scalable terminal UI layout
  • Async git API for fluid control

2. Motivation Top ▲

I do most of my git work in a terminal but I frequently found myself using git GUIs for some use-cases like: index, commit, diff, stash, blame and log.

Unfortunately popular git GUIs all fail on giant repositories or become unresponsive and unusable.

GitUI provides you with the user experience and comfort of a git GUI but right in your terminal while being portable, fast, free and opensource.

3. Benchmarks Top ▲

For a RustBerlin meetup presentation (slides) I compared lazygit,tig and gitui by parsing the entire Linux git repository (which contains over 900k commits):

Time Memory (GB) Binary (MB) Freezes Crashes
gitui 24 s ✅ 0.17 ✅ 1.4 No ✅ No ✅
lazygit 57 s 2.6 16 Yes Sometimes
tig 4 m 20 s 1.3 0.6 ✅ Sometimes No ✅

4. Road(map) to 1.0 Top ▲

These are the high level goals before calling out 1.0:

  • log search (commit, author, sha) (#449,#429)
  • file history log (#381)
  • visualize branching structure in log tab (#81)
  • notify-based change detection (#1)
  • interactive rebase (#32)
  • popup history and back button (#846)

5. Known Limitations Top ▲

Currently, this tool does not fully substitute the git shell, however both tools work well in tandem.

The priorities for gitui are on features that are making me mad when done on the git shell, like stashing, staging lines or hunks. Eventually, I will be able to work on making gitui a one stop solution - but for that I need help - this is just a spare time project for now.

All support is welcomed! Sponsors as well! ❤️

6. Installation Top ▲

For the time being this product is in alpha and is not considered production ready. However, for personal use it is reasonably stable and is being used while developing itself.

Arch Linux

pacman -S gitui

Fedora

sudo dnf install gitui

Gentoo

Available in dm9pZCAq overlay

sudo eselect repository enable dm9pZCAq
sudo emerge --sync dm9pZCAq
sudo emerge dev-vcs/gitui::dm9pZCAq

Homebrew (macOS)

brew install gitui

Scoop (Windows)

scoop install gitui

Chocolatey (Windows)

choco install gitui

Nix (Nix/NixOS)

Nixpkg

nix-env -iA nixpkgs.gitui

NixOS

nix-env -iA nixos.gitui

Release Binaries

Available for download in releases

Binaries available for:

  • Linux
  • macOS
  • Windows

7. Build Top ▲

Requirements

  • Minumum supported rust/cargo version: 1.50

Cargo Install

The simplest way to start playing around with gitui is to have cargo build and install it with cargo install gitui. If you are not familiar with rust and cargo: Getting Started with Rust

8. Diagnostics Top ▲

To run with logging enabled run gitui -l.

This will log to:

  • macOS: $HOME/Library/Caches/gitui/gitui.log
  • Linux using XDG: $XDG_CACHE_HOME/gitui/gitui.log
  • Linux: $HOME/.cache/gitui/gitui.log
  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%/gitui/gitui.log

9. Color Theme Top ▲

gitui should automatically work on both light and dark terminal themes.

However, you can customize everything to your liking: See Themes.

10. Key Bindings Top ▲

The key bindings can be customized: See Key Config on how to set them to vim-like bindings.

11. Sponsoring Top ▲

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12. Inspiration Top ▲


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