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GitAhead - Understand Your History

GitAhead is a graphical Git client designed to help you understand and manage your source code history. It's available as a pre-built binary for Windows, Linux, and macOS, or can be built from source by following the directions below.

How to Get Help

Ask questions about building or using GitAhead on Stack Overflow by including the gitahead tag. Remember to search for existing questions before creating a new one.

Report bugs in GitAhead by opening an issue in the issue tracker. Remember to search for existing issues before creating a new one.

If you still need help, email us at

Build Environment

  • C++11 compiler
    • Windows - MSVC >= 2017 recommended
    • Linux - GCC >= 6.2 recommended
    • macOS - Xcode >= 10.1 recommended
  • CMake >= 3.3.1
  • Ninja (optional)


External dependencies can be satisfied by system libraries or installed separately. Included dependencies are submodules of this repository. Some submodules are optional or may also be satisfied by system libraries.

External Dependencies

  • Qt (required >= 5.9)

Included Dependencies

  • libgit2 (required)
  • cmark (required)
  • git (only needed for the credential helpers)
  • libssh2 (needed by libgit2 for SSH support)
  • openssl (needed by libssh2 and libgit2 on some platforms)

Note that building OpenSSL on Windows requires Perl and NASM.

How to Build

Initialize Submodules

git submodule init
git submodule update

Build OpenSSL

# Start from root of gitahead repo.
cd dep/openssl/openssl


perl Configure VC-WIN64A


./Configure darwin64-x86_64-cc no-shared


./config -fPIC

Configure Build

# Start from root of gitahead repo.
mkdir -p build/release
cd build/release
cmake -G Ninja -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ../..

If you have Qt installed in a non-standard location, you may have to specify the path to Qt by passing -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=<path-to-qt> where <path-to-qt> points to the Qt install directory that contains bin, lib, etc.



How to Contribute

We welcome contributions of all kinds, including bug fixes, new features, documentation and translations. By contributing, you agree to release your contributions under the terms of the license.

Contribute by following the typical GitHub workflow for pull requests. Fork the repository and make changes on a new named branch. Create pull requests against the master branch. Follow the seven guidelines to writing a great commit message.


GitAhead is licensed under the MIT license. See for details.

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