September 22, 2019

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commit/branch/workdir explorer for git

repo name isacikgoz/gitin
repo link
language Go
size (curr.) 3410 kB
stars (curr.) 1787
created 2019-01-25
license BSD 3-Clause “New” or “Revised” License


gitin is a commit/branch/status explorer for git

gitin is a minimalist tool that lets you explore a git repository from the command line. You can search from commits, inspect individual files and changes in the commits. It is an alternative and interactive way to explore the commit history. Also, you can explore your current state by investigating diffs, stage your changes and commit them.


  • Fuzzy search (type / to start a search after running gitin <command>)
  • Interactive stage and see the diff of files (gitin status then press enter to see diff or space to stage)
  • Commit/amend changes (gitin status then press c to commit or m to amend)
  • Interactive hunk staging (gitin status then press p)
  • Explore branches with useful filter options (e.g. gitin branch press enter to checkout)
  • Convenient UX and minimalist design
  • See more options by running gitin --help, also you can get help for individual subcommands (e.g. gitin log --help)


  • Linux and macOS are supported, Windows is not at the moment.
  • Download latest release from here
  • Or, manually download it with go get -d
  • cd into $GOPATH/src/
  • make would expect a built libgit2 library to make a static link. So, when you run make command, you should be able to build libgit2 at your $GOPATH/pkg/mod/ directory. This issue has been shown up after go modules.
  • build with make install (cmake and pkg-config are required)

Mac/Linux using brew

The tap is recently moved to new repo, so if you added the older one (isacikgoz/gitin), consider removing it and adding the new one.

brew tap isacikgoz/taps
brew install gitin


usage: gitin [<flags>] <command> [<args> ...]

  -h, --help     Show context-sensitive help (also try --help-long and --help-man).
  -v, --version  Show application version.

  help [<command>...]
    Show help.

    Show commit logs.

    Show working-tree status. Also stage and commit changes.

    Show list of branches.

Environment Variables:


Press ? for controls while application is running.


  • To set the line size export GITIN_LINESIZE=5
  • To set always start in search mode GITIN_STARTINSEARCH=true
  • To disable colors GITIN_DISABLECOLOR=true
  • To disable h,j,k,l for nav GITIN_VIMKEYS=false

Development Requirements

  • Requires gitlib2 v27 and git2go. See the project homepages for more information about build instructions. For gitin you can simply;
    • macOS:
      1. install libgit2 via brew install libgit2 (consider that libgit2.v27 is required)
    • Linux and macOS(if you want to build your own):
      1. download git2go; go get -d
      2. make sure you have cmake, pkg-config and libssl-dev installed
      3. cd into $GOPATH/src/
      4. initialize submodules by running git submodule update --init
      5. change the libigt2 version to your version (in this case its 0.27) in the install script (e.g. nano script/ or vim script/ and change LG2VER to 0.27.0
      6. run the script ./script/
  • After these you can download it with go get
  • cd into $GOPATH/src/ and start hacking


  • Contributions are welcome. If you like to please refer to Contribution Guidelines
  • Bug reports should include descriptive steps to reproduce so that maintainers can easily understand the actual problem
  • Feature requests are welcome, ask for anything that seems appropriate


See the credits page



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