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git-bug is a bug tracker that:

  • fully embed in git: you only need your git repository to have a bug tracker
  • is distributed: use your normal git remote to collaborate, push and pull your bugs !
  • works offline: in a plane or under the sea ? keep reading and writing bugs
  • prevent vendor locking: your usual service is down or went bad ? you already have a full backup
  • is fast: listing bugs or opening them is a matter of milliseconds
  • doesn't pollute your project: no files are added in your project
  • integrate with your tooling: use the UI you like (CLI, terminal, web) or integrate with your existing tools through the CLI or the GraphQL API
  • bridge with other bug trackers: bridges exist to import and export to other trackers.

🚧 This is now more than a proof of concept, but still not fully stable. Expect dragons and unfinished business. 🚧


Pre-compiled binaries
  1. Go to the release page and download the appropriate binary for your system.
  2. Copy the binary anywhere in your PATH
  3. Rename the binary to git-bug (or git-bug.exe on windows)

That's all !

Linux packages
go get (unstable)
go get -u

If it's not done already, add golang binary directory in your PATH:

export PATH=$PATH:$(go env GOROOT)/bin:$(go env GOPATH)/bin

CLI usage

Create a new identity:

git bug user create

Create a new bug:

git bug add

Your favorite editor will open to write a title and a message.

You can push your new entry to a remote:

git bug push [<remote>]

And pull for updates:

git bug pull [<remote>]

List existing bugs:

git bug ls

Filter and sort bugs using a query:

git bug ls "status:open sort:edit"

You can now use commands like show, comment, open or close to display and modify bugs. For more details about each command, you can run git bug <command> --help or read the command's documentation.

Interactive terminal UI

An interactive terminal UI is available using the command git bug termui to browse and edit bugs.

Termui recording

Web UI (status: WIP)

You can launch a rich Web UI with git bug webui.

Web UI screenshot 1 Web UI screenshot 2

This web UI is entirely packed inside the same go binary and serve static content through a localhost http server.

The web UI interact with the backend through a GraphQL API. The schema is available here.


Importer implementations

Github Launchpad
(can import more than once)
with resume
(download only new data)
identities ✔️ ✔️
identities update
bug ✔️ ✔️
comments ✔️ ✔️
comment editions ✔️
labels ✔️
status ✔️
title edition ✔️
automated test suite ✔️

Exporter implementations

Github Launchpad
bug  ✔️
comments ✔️
comment editions ✔️
labels ✔️ 
status ✔️
title edition ✔️
automated test suite ✔️


Interested by how it works ? Have a look at the data model and the internal bird-view.


Planned features

  • media embedding
  • more bridges
  • extendable data model to support arbitrary bug tracker
  • inflatable raptor


PRs accepted. Drop by the Gitter lobby for a chat or browse the issues to see what is worked on or discussed.

Developers unfamiliar with Go may try to clone the repository using "git clone". Instead, one should use:

go get -u

The git repository will then be available:

# Note that $GOPATH defaults to $HOME/go
$ cd $GOPATH/src/

You can now run make to build the project, or make install to install the binary in $GOPATH/bin/.

To work on the web UI, have a look at the dedicated Readme.

Contributors ❤️

This project exists thanks to all the people who contribute.


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Unless otherwise stated, this project is released under the GPLv3 or later license © Michael Muré.

The git-bug logo by Viktor Teplov is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license © Viktor Teplov.

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