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git-gui - A portable graphical interface to Git
'git gui' [<command>] [arguments]
A Tcl/Tk based graphical user interface to Git. git-gui focuses
on allowing users to make changes to their repository by making
new commits, amending existing ones, creating branches, performing
local merges, and fetching/pushing to remote repositories.
Unlike linkgit:gitk[1], git-gui focuses on commit generation
and single file annotation, and does not show project history.
It does however supply menu actions to start a gitk session from
within git-gui.
git-gui is known to work on all popular UNIX systems, Mac OS X,
and Windows (under both Cygwin and MSYS). To the extent possible
OS specific user interface guidelines are followed, making git-gui
a fairly native interface for users.
Start a blame viewer on the specified file on the given
version (or working directory if not specified).
Start a tree browser showing all files in the specified
commit (or 'HEAD' by default). Files selected through the
browser are opened in the blame viewer.
Start git-gui and arrange to make exactly one commit before
exiting and returning to the shell. The interface is limited
to only commit actions, slightly reducing the application's
startup time and simplifying the menubar.
Display the currently running version of git-gui.
git gui blame Makefile::
Show the contents of the file 'Makefile' in the current
working directory, and provide annotations for both the
original author of each line, and who moved the line to its
current location. The uncommitted file is annotated, and
uncommitted changes (if any) are explicitly attributed to
'Not Yet Committed'.
git gui blame v0.99.8 Makefile::
Show the contents of 'Makefile' in revision 'v0.99.8'
and provide annotations for each line. Unlike the above
example the file is read from the object database and not
the working directory.
git gui citool::
Make one commit and return to the shell when it is complete.
git citool::
Same as 'git gui citool' (above).
git gui browser maint::
Show a browser for the tree of the 'maint' branch. Files
selected in the browser can be viewed with the internal
blame viewer.
See Also
The git repository browser. Shows branches, commit history
and file differences. gitk is the utility started by
git-gui's Repository Visualize actions.
git-gui is actually maintained as an independent project, but stable
versions are distributed as part of the Git suite for the convenience
of end users.
A git-gui development repository can be obtained from:
git clone git://
git clone
or browsed online at[].
Written by Shawn O. Pearce <>.
Documentation by Shawn O. Pearce <>.
Part of the linkgit:git[7] suite