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Git Extensions

A toolkit to make working with Git more intuitive

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Git Extensions is the only graphical user interface for Git that allows you to control Git without using the command line. Browse the full commit history and branches, which are shown using a graph that highlights all the commits in a revision. You can also explore the history of single files, including renamed and moved files. And there’s no need to mark files as renamed or moved, the system detects these files automatically. If you want to find the last person that edited a specific part of a file, just double click on a commit to drill-down into its file. Git Extensions runs on multiple platforms using Mono. And Git Extensions has an active and growing community to support new users!

Git Extensions at a Glance

Git Extensions sports a shell extension, similar to the Tortoise family, and a plugin for Visual Studio as a merge tool. The installer comes prepackaged with all the prerequisite out-of-the-box functionality (SSH Client, KDiff, and msysgit) that you’ll need. Once you install Git Extensions you control basic and advanced Git operations through an intuitive UI, which shows you a graphical view of the commit log and allows you to see what is going on with branches. Integration with GitHub (fork, clone, and pull) are all streamlined. And the manual plus handy video tutorials help walk you through the main processes. All-in-all Git Extensions allows you to quickly compile, customize, and create file extensions.

Product Details

Here is a detailed breakdown of Git Extensions' features:

  • Easy install tool—Single installer installs MSysGit, Git Extensions, and the mergetool KDiff3.
  • Graphical user interface—Feature rich user interface for Git.
  • Windows integration—Windows Explorer integration for Git and Windows 32bit and 64bit support.
  • Plugin support—Visual Studio (2008/2010/2012/2013) plugin for Git.

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Git Extensions is the only UI for Git that allows you control Git without using the command line. It also has a manual and video tutorials to help you quick start. It would be nice if Git Extensions supported SSH on non-default (non 22) ports.

Quick Specs

  • Version: 2.48.005
  • Date added: May 5, 2015
  • Operating systems: Windows
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Description

Git Extensions is a toolkit aimed at making working with Git on Windows more intuitive. Git Extensions is also available on Linux and Mac OS X using Mono. The shell extension will integrate in Windows Explorer and presents a context menu on files and directories. There is also a Visual Studio plugin to use Git from the Visual Studio IDE. There are video tutorials for some basic functions on YouTube and links for the Git Extensions download page, source code, and documentation here:

* YouTube tutorials: https://git-extensions-documentation.readthedocs.org/en/latest/git_extensions.html#video-tutorials
* Git Extensions download page, source code, and documentation: https://git-extensions-documentation.readthedocs.org/en/latest/git_extensions.html#links

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Features

  • User interface (UI) support—Feature rich user interface for Git
  • Windows integration—Windows Explorer integration for Git & Windows 32bit and 64bit support
  • Plugin support—Visual Studio (2008/2010/2012/2013) plugin for Git
  • Easy install tool—Single installer installs MSysGit, Git Extensions, and the mergetool KDiff3

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User Reviews

  • rvaidya
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I have used many other git GUIs (SourceTree, SmartGit) and GitExtensions is vastly superior. It has some trouble dealing with large binary files (have to go to command line for this) but for all the micro operations you have to do when merging, GitExtensions gives you power unparalleled by any other UI. One of the reasons I dislike developing on a Mac is because I don't have GitExtensions there and am forced to use SourceTree. Easy to use, powerful, UI centered around the branching tree, and frequently updated.

    Posted 06/17/2015
  • arawn-annwn
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    "Git Extensions is the only graphical user interface for Git that allows you to control Git without using the command line." I have no idea this may have been true in the past, but I know of several alternatives so this is not currently true.

    Posted 05/21/2015
  • piroxilin
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    The most convenient git frontend.

    Posted 05/20/2015
  • dakamuda
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Very buggy software. Inability to support SSH on non-default (non 22) ports even after the issue has been open for a year. The latest version (May 15, 2015) won't even install (permissions error, even when running on Administrator account with UAC disabled) Half the time it can't push to the repository because pageant doesn't start. It stores some settings in the registry, such as the locations of the putty-related executables, and does not honor or even read them correctly. Git is a pain enough as it is, a client should alleviate some of that pain but this thing is just too buggy and unstable to be useful. Uninstalled and went with SourceTree, which actually works properly.

    Posted 05/16/2015
  • cniweb
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Great Project, Thanks!

    Posted 01/02/2015
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Additional Project Details

Languages

French, Dutch, English, Chinese (Simplified), German, Japanese, Spanish, Russian

Intended Audience

Developers

User Interface

.NET/Mono, Win32 (MS Windows), Plugins

Programming Language

C#, C++

Registered

2008-11-28
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