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
- 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
Simply the best graphical front-end for Git out there, hands down. Not without issues, workflow could be just a little less cumbersome here and there, full refresh of the history graph for every little operation is a bit annoying etc. But ofall Git front-ends I've evaluated (and I tried pretty much all of the major ones), this one strikes by far the best balance between features and simplicity, power and ease of use. What I like most about Git Extensions is that while it makes working with Git easier, it doesn't try to hide its complexity too much. This is a great help for beginners to learn to understand what's going on. Helped me a lot within in my company to "evangelize" developers away from Subversion.
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.
"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.
The most convenient git frontend.
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.