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git-gui (1)


git-gui - A portable graphical interface to Git


git gui [<command>] [arguments]


Git Manual                                             GIT-GUI(1)

     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 gitk, 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.

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     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 blame --line=100 Makefile
         Loads annotations as described above and automatically
         scrolls the view to center on line 100.

     git gui citool
         Make one commit and return to the shell when it is
         complete. This command returns a non-zero exit code if
         the window was closed in any way other than by making a

     git gui citool --amend
         Automatically enter the Amend Last Commit mode of the

     git gui citool --nocommit
         Behave as normal citool, but instead of making a commit
         simply terminate with a zero exit code. It still checks
         that the index does not contain any unmerged entries, so
         you can use it as a GUI version of git-mergetool(1)

     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 attributes(5) for descriptions of the following

     |Availability   | developer/versioning/git |
     |Stability      | Uncommitted              |
         The git repository browser. Shows branches, commit
         history and file differences. gitk is the utility
         started by git gui's Repository Visualize actions.

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     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

     Part of the git(1) suite

     This software was built from source available at  The original
     community source was downloaded from  http://git-

     Further information about this software can be found on the
     open source community website at

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