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GitLens supercharges Git inside VS Code and unlocks untapped knowledge within each repository. It helps you to visualize code authorship at a glance via Git blame annotations and CodeLens, seamlessly navigate and explore Git repositories, gain valuable insights via rich visualizations and powerful comparison commands, and so much more.


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GitLens

GitLens is an open-source extension for Visual Studio Code.

GitLens simply helps you better understand code. Quickly glimpse into whom, why, and when a line or code block was changed. Jump back through history to gain further insights as to how and why the code evolved. Effortlessly explore the history and evolution of a codebase.

GitLens is powerful, feature rich, and highly customizable to meet your needs. Do you find CodeLens intrusive or the current line blame annotation distracting — no problem, quickly turn them off or change how they behave via the interactive GitLens Settings editor. For advanced customizations, refer to the GitLens docs and edit your user settings.

Here are just some of the features that GitLens provides,

  • effortless revision navigation (backwards and forwards) through the history of a file
  • an unobtrusive current line blame annotation at the end of the line showing the commit and author who last modified the line, with more detailed blame information accessible on hover
  • authorship CodeLens showing the most recent commit and number of authors at the top of files and/or on code blocks
  • a status bar blame annotation showing the commit and author who last modified the current line
  • on-demand file annotations in the editor, including
    • blame — shows the commit and author who last modified each line of a file
    • changes — highlights any local (unpublished) changes or lines changed by the most recent commit
    • heatmap — shows how recently lines were changed, relative to all the other changes in the file and to now (hot vs. cold)
  • many rich Side Bar views
    • a Commits view to visualize, explore, and manage Git commits
    • a Repositories view to visualize, explore, and manage Git repositories
    • a File History view to visualize, navigate, and explore the revision history of the current file or just the selected lines of the current file
    • a Line History view to visualize, navigate, and explore the revision history of the selected lines of the current file
    • a Branches view to visualize, explore, and manage Git branches
    • a Remotes view to visualize, explore, and manage Git remotes and remote branches
    • a Stashes view to visualize, explore, and manage Git stashes
    • a Tags view to visualize, explore, and manage Git tags
    • a Contributors view to visualize, navigate, and explore contributors
    • a Search & Compare view to search and explore commit histories by message, author, files, id, etc, or visualize comparisons between branches, tags, commits, and more
  • a Git Command Palette to provide guided (step-by-step) access to many common Git commands, as well as quick access to
  • a user-friendly interactive rebase editor to easily configure an interactive rebase session
  • terminal linksctrl+click on autolinks in the integrated terminal to quickly jump to more details for commits, branches, tags, and more
  • rich remote provider integrations — GitHub, GitLab, Gitea, Gerrit, GoogleSource, Bitbucket, Azure DevOps
    • issue and pull request auto-linking
    • rich hover information provided for linked issues and pull requests (GitHub only)
    • associates pull requests with branches and commits (GitHub only)
  • many powerful commands for navigating and comparing revisions and more
  • customizable menus & toolbars for control over where menu and toolbar items are shown
  • user-defined modes for quickly toggling between sets of settings
  • and so much more 😁

Introducing GitLens+ #

GitLens+ adds all-new, completely optional, features that enhance your current GitLens experience when you sign in with a free account. A free GitLens+ account gives you access to these new GitLens+ features on public repos, while a paid account allows you to use them on private repos. Learn more about GitLens+ features.

🛈 All other GitLens features are always accessible, without an account, and will continue to evolve and be invested in.

Does this affect existing features?

No, the introduction of GitLens+ has no impact on existing GitLens features, so you won't lose access to any of the GitLens features you know and love. In fact, we are heavily investing in enhancing and expanding the GitLens feature set. Creating an account simply gives you access to a subset of new features that will enable you to get even more out of Git in VS Code!

Visual File History view #

Visual File History view

The Visual File History view allows you to quickly see the evolution of a file, including when changes were made, how large they were, and who made them.

Authors who have contributed changes to the file are on the left y-axis to create a swim-lane of their commits over time (the x-axis). Commit are plotted as color-coded (per-author) bubbles, whose size represents the relative magnitude of the changes.

Additionally, each commit's additions and deletions are visualized as color-coded, stacked, vertical bars, whose height represents the number of affected lines (right y-axis). Added lines are shown in green, while deleted lines are red.

Worktrees view #

Worktrees view

Worktrees allow you to easily work on different branches of a repository simultaneously. You can create multiple working trees, each of which can be opened in individual windows or all together in a single workspace.

Features

Revision Navigation #

Revision Navigation

  • Adds an Open Changes with Previous Revision command (gitlens.diffWithPrevious) to compare the current file or revision with the previous commit revision
  • Adds an Open Changes with Next Revision command (gitlens.diffWithNext) to compare the current file or revision with the next commit revision
  • Adds an Open Line Changes with Previous Revision command (gitlens.diffLineWithPrevious) to compare the current file or revision with the previous line commit revision
  • Adds an Open Changes with Working File command (gitlens.diffWithWorking) to compare the current revision or most recent commit revision of the current file with the working tree
  • Adds an Open Line Changes with Working File command (gitlens.diffLineWithWorking) to compare the commit revision of the current line with the working tree
  • Adds an Open Changes with Branch or Tag... command (gitlens.diffWithRevisionFrom) to compare the current file or revision with another revision of the same file on the selected reference
  • Adds an Open Changes with Revision... command (gitlens.diffWithRevision) to compare the current file or revision with another revision of the same file

Current Line Blame #

Current Line Blame

  • Adds an unobtrusive, customizable, and themable, blame annotation at the end of the current line
    • Contains the author, date, and message of the current line's most recent commit (by default)
    • Adds a Toggle Line Blame command (gitlens.toggleLineBlame) to toggle the blame annotation on and off

Git CodeLens #

Git CodeLens

  • Adds Git authorship CodeLens to the top of the file and on code blocks (optional, on by default)

    • Recent Change — author and date of the most recent commit for the file or code block

      • Click the CodeLens to show a commit file details quick pick menu with commands for comparing, navigating and exploring commits, and more (by default)
    • Authors — number of authors of the file or code block and the most prominent author (if there is more than one)

      • Click the CodeLens to toggle the file Git blame annotations on and off of the whole file (by default)
      • Will be hidden if the author of the most recent commit is also the only author of the file or block, to avoid duplicate information and reduce visual noise
    • Provides customizable click behavior for each CodeLens — choose between one of the following

      • Toggle file blame annotations on and off
      • Compare the commit with the previous commit
      • Show a quick pick menu with details and commands for the commit
      • Show a quick pick menu with file details and commands for the commit
      • Show a quick pick menu with the commit history of the file
      • Show a quick pick menu with the commit history of the current branch
  • Adds a Toggle Git CodeLens command (gitlens.toggleCodeLens) with a shortcut of shift+alt+b to toggle the CodeLens on and off

Status Bar Blame #

Status Bar Blame

  • Adds a customizable Git blame annotation showing the commit and author who last modified the current line to the status bar (optional, on by default)

    • Contains the commit author and date (by default)

    • Click the status bar item to show a commit details quick pick menu with commands for comparing, navigating and exploring commits, and more (by default)

    • Provides customizable click behavior — choose between one of the following

      • Toggle file blame annotations on and off
      • Toggle CodeLens on and off
      • Compare the line commit with the previous commit
      • Compare the line commit with the working tree
      • Show a quick pick menu with details and commands for the commit (default)
      • Show a quick pick menu with file details and commands for the commit
      • Show a quick pick menu with the commit history of the file
      • Show a quick pick menu with the commit history of the current branch

Hovers #

Current Line Hovers

Current Line Hovers

  • Adds customizable Git blame hovers accessible over the current line

Details Hover

Current Line Details Hover

  • Adds a details hover annotation to the current line to show more commit details (optional, on by default)
    • Provides automatic issue linking to Bitbucket, Gerrit, GoogleSource, Gitea, GitHub, GitLab, and Azure DevOps in commit messages
    • Provides a quick-access command bar with Open Changes, Blame Previous Revision, Open on Remote, Invite to Live Share (if available), and Show More Actions command buttons
    • Click the commit SHA to execute the Show Commit command

Changes (diff) Hover

Current Line Changes (diff) Hover

  • Adds a changes (diff) hover annotation to the current line to show the line's previous version (optional, on by default)
    • Click the Changes to execute the Open Changes command
    • Click the current and previous commit SHAs to execute the Show Commit command

Annotation Hovers

Annotation Hovers

  • Adds customizable Git blame hovers accessible when annotating

Details Hover

Annotations Details Hover

  • Adds a details hover annotation to each line while annotating to show more commit details (optional, on by default)
    • Provides automatic issue linking to Bitbucket, Gerrit, GoogleSource, Gitea, GitHub, GitLab, and Azure DevOps in commit messages
    • Provides a quick-access command bar with Open Changes, Blame Previous Revision, Open on Remote, Invite to Live Share (if available), and Show More Actions command buttons
    • Click the commit SHA to execute the Show Commit command

Changes (diff) Hover

Annotations Changes (diff) Hover

  • Adds a changes (diff) hover annotation to each line while annotating to show the line's previous version (optional, on by default)
    • Click the Changes to execute the Open Changes command
    • Click the current and previous commit SHAs to execute the Show Commit command

File Blame #

File Blame

  • Adds on-demand, customizable, and themable, file blame annotations to show the commit and author who last modified each line of a file
    • Contains the commit message and date, by default
    • Adds a heatmap (age) indicator on right edge (by default) of the file to provide an easy, at-a-glance way to tell how recently lines were changed (optional, on by default)
    • Adds a Toggle File Blame command (gitlens.toggleFileBlame) with a shortcut of alt+b to toggle the blame annotations on and off
    • Press Escape to turn off the annotations

File Changes #

File Changes

  • Adds an on-demand, customizable and themable, file changes annotation to highlight any local (unpublished) changes or lines changed by the most recent commit
    • Adds Toggle File Changes command (gitlens.toggleFileChanges) to toggle the changes annotations on and off
    • Press Escape to turn off the annotations

File Heatmap #

File Heatmap

  • Adds an on-demand heatmap to the edge of the file to show how recently lines were changed
    • The indicator's customizable color will either be hot or cold based on the age of the most recent change (cold after 90 days by default)
    • The indicator's brightness ranges from bright (newer) to dim (older) based on the relative age, which is calculated from the median age of all the changes in the file
    • Adds Toggle File Heatmap Annotations command (gitlens.toggleFileHeatmap) to toggle the heatmap on and off
    • Press Escape to turn off the annotations

Side Bar Views #

GitLens adds many side bar views to provide additional rich functionality. The default layout (location) of these views can be quickly customized via the GitLens: Set Views Layout (gitlens.setViewsLayout) command from the Command Palette.

  • Source Control Layout — shows all the views together on the Source Control side bar
  • GitLens Layout — shows all the views together on the GitLens side bar

Views Layout: Source Control Views Layout: GitLens

Commits View #

Commits view

A customizable view to visualize, explore, and manage Git commits.

The Commits view lists all of the commits on the current branch, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to switch between showing all commits or just your own commits
  • a toggle to change the file layout: list, tree, auto
  • a branch comparison tool (Compare <current branch> with <branch, tag, or ref>) — optionally shows a comparison of the current branch (or working tree) to a user-selected reference
    • Behind — lists the commits that are missing from the current branch (i.e. behind) but exist in the selected reference
      • # files changed — lists all of the files changed in the behind commits
    • Ahead — lists the commits that the current branch has (i.e. ahead) but are missing in the selected reference
      • # files changed — lists all of the files changed in the ahead commits
    • # files changed — lists all of the files changed between the compared references
  • the current branch status — shows the upstream status of the current branch
    • Publish <current branch> to <remote> — shown when the current branch has not been published to a remote
    • Up to date with <remote> — shown when the current branch is up to date with the upstream remote
    • Changes to pull from <remote> — lists all of the commits waiting to be pulled when the current branch has commits that are waiting to be pulled from the upstream remote
    • Changes to push to <remote> — lists of all the files changed in the unpublished commits when the current branch has (unpublished) commits that waiting to be pushed to the upstream remote
    • Merging into <branch> or Resolve conflicts before merging into <branch> — lists any conflicted files. Conflicted files show comparisons with the common base of the current and incoming changes to aid in resolving the conflict by making it easier to see where changes originated Merging
    • Rebasing <branch> or Resolve conflicts to continue rebasing <branch> — shows the number of rebase steps left, the commit the rebase is paused at, and lists any conflicted files. Conflicted files show comparisons with the common base of the current and incoming changes to aid in resolving the conflict by making it easier to see where changes originated Rebasing
  • any associated pull request — shows any opened or merged pull request associated with the current branch

Repositories View #

Repositories view

A hidden by default, customizable view to visualize, explore, and manage Git repositories.

The Repositories view lists opened Git repositories, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to automatically refresh the repository on changes
  • a toggle to change the file layout: list, tree, auto
  • an icon overlay indicator to show the current branch's upstream status (if available)
    • No dot — no changes or the branch is unpublished
    • Green dot — has changes unpushed (ahead)
    • Red dot — has changes unpulled (behind)
    • Yellow dot — both unpushed and unpulled changes
  • a branch comparison tool (Compare <current branch> with <branch, tag, or ref>) — optionally shows a comparison of the current branch (or working tree) to a user-selected reference
    • Behind — lists the commits that are missing from the current branch (i.e. behind) but exist in the selected reference
      • # files changed — lists all of the files changed between the compared references
    • Ahead — lists the commits that the current branch has (i.e. ahead) but are missing in the selected reference
      • # files changed — lists all of the files changed between the compared references
  • # files changedoptionally lists all of the files changed in the working tree
  • the current branch status — optionally shows the upstream status of the current branch
    • Publish <current branch> to remote — shown when the current branch has not been published to a remote
    • Up to date with <remote> — shown when the current branch is up to date with the upstream remote
    • Changes to pull from <remote> — lists all of the unpulled commits and all of the files changed in them, when the current branch has commits that are waiting to be pulled from the upstream remote
    • Changes to push to <remote> — lists of all the unpublished commits and all of the files changed in them, when the current branch has commits that waiting to be pushed to the upstream remote
    • Merging into <branch> or Resolve conflicts before merging into <branch> — lists any conflicted files. Conflicted files show comparisons with the common base of the current and incoming changes to aid in resolving the conflict by making it easier to see where changes originated
    • Rebasing <branch> or Resolve conflicts to continue rebasing <branch> — shows the number of rebase steps left, the commit the rebase is paused at, and lists any conflicted files. Conflicted files show comparisons with the common base of the current and incoming changes to aid in resolving the conflict by making it easier to see where changes originated
  • any associated pull request — optionally shows any opened or merged pull request associated with the current branch
  • Commitsoptionally shows the current branch commits, similar to the Commits view
  • Branchesoptionally shows the local branches, similar to the Branches view
  • Remotesoptionally shows the remotes and remote branches, similar to the Remotes view
  • Stashesoptionally shows the stashes, similar to the Stashes view
  • Tagsoptionally shows the tags, similar to the Tags view
  • Contributorsoptionally shows the contributors, similar to the Contributors view
  • Incoming Activity (experimental) — optionally shows any incoming activity, which lists the command, branch (if available), and date of recent incoming activity (merges and pulls) to your local repository

File History View #

File History view

A customizable view to visualize, navigate, and explore the revision history of the current file or just the selected lines of the current file.

The file history view lists all of the commits that changed the current file on the current branch, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to pin (pause) the automatic tracking of the current editor
  • a toggle to switch between file and line history, i.e. show all commits of the current file, or just the selected lines of the current file
  • the ability to change the current base branch or reference when computing the file or line history
  • (file history only) a toggle to follow renames across the current file
  • (file history only) a toggle to show commits from all branches rather than just from the current base branch or reference
  • merge conflict status when applicable
    • Merge Changes — show comparisons with the common base of the current and incoming changes to aid in resolving the conflict by making it easier to see where changes originated Merge Conflicts

Line History View #

Line History view

A hidden by default, customizable view to visualize, navigate, and explore the revision history of the selected lines of the current file.

The line history view lists all of the commits that changed the selected lines of the current file on the current branch, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to pin (pause) the automatic tracking of the current editor
  • the ability to change the current base branch or reference when computing the line history
  • merge conflict status when applicable
    • Merge Changes — show comparisons with the common base of the current and incoming changes to aid in resolving the conflict by making it easier to see where changes originated

Branches view #

Branches view

A customizable view to visualize, explore, and manage Git branches.

The Branches view lists all of the local branches, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to change the branch layout: list or tree
  • a toggle to change the file layout: list, tree, auto
  • an icon overlay indicator to show the branch's upstream status (if available)
    • No dot — no changes or the branch is unpublished
    • Green dot — has changes unpushed (ahead)
    • Red dot — has changes unpulled (behind)
    • Yellow dot — both unpushed and unpulled changes
  • status indicators (decorations), on the right, and themeable colorizations
    • — indicates that the branch is the current branch
    • + green colorization — indicates that the branch has unpushed changes (ahead)
    • + red colorization — indicates that the branch has unpulled changes (behind)
    • ▼▲ + yellow colorization — indicates that the branch has diverged from its upstream; meaning it has both unpulled and unpushed changes
    • ▲+ + green colorization — indicates that the branch hasn't yet been published to an upstream remote
    • ! + dark red colorization — indicates that the branch has a missing upstream (e.g. the upstream branch was deleted)
  • a branch comparison tool (Compare <branch> with <branch, tag, or ref>) — optionally shows a comparison of the branch to a user-selected reference
    • Behind — lists the commits that are missing from the branch (i.e. behind) but exist in the selected reference
      • # files changed — lists all of the files changed in the behind commits
    • Ahead — lists the commits that the branch has (i.e. ahead) but are missing in the selected reference
      • # files changed — lists all of the files changed in the ahead commits
    • # files changed — lists all of the files changed between the compared references
  • the branch status — shows the upstream status of the branch
    • Publish <branch> to <remote> — shown when the current branch has not been published to a remote
    • Changes to push to <remote> — lists of all the files changed in the unpublished commits when the branch has (unpublished) commits that waiting to be pushed to the upstream remote
    • Changes to pull from <remote> — lists all of the commits waiting to be pulled when the branch has commits that are waiting to be pulled from the upstream remote
  • any associated pull request — shows any pull request associated with the branch

Remotes view #

Remotes view

A customizable view to visualize, explore, and manage Git remotes and remote branches.

The Remotes view lists all of the remotes and their remote branches, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to change the branch layout: list or tree
  • a toggle to change the file layout: list, tree, auto
  • a toggle to connect to a supported remote providers to enable a rich integration with pull requests, issues, avatars, and more

Stashes View #

Stashes view

A customizable view to visualize, explore, and manage Git stashes.

The Stashes view lists all of the stashes, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to change the file layout: list, tree, auto

Tags View #

Tags view

A customizable view to visualize, explore, and manage Git tags.

The Tags view lists all of the tags, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to change the tag layout: list or tree
  • a toggle to change the file layout: list, tree, auto

Contributors View #

Contributors view

A hidden by default, customizable view to visualize, navigate, and explore contributors.

The Contributors view lists all of the contributors, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to change the file layout: list, tree, auto

Search & Compare View #

Search & Compare view

A hidden by default, customizable view to search and explore commit histories by message, author, files, id, etc, or visualize comparisons between branches, tags, commits, and more.

The Search & Compare view lists pinnable (saved) results for searching commit histories or for comparison operations, and additionally provides:

  • a toggle to keep previous results when new results are added
  • a toggle to change the file layout: list, tree, auto
  • pinnable search — lists all of the commits that match the search query
    • Search results can be provided by the following commands
      • Search Commits command (gitlens.showCommitSearch) can search
        • by message — use <message> to find commits with messages that match <message> — See Git docs
        • or, by author — use @<pattern> to find commits with authors that match <pattern> — See Git docs
        • or, by commit SHA — use #<sha> to find a commit with SHA of <sha> — See Git docs
        • or, by files — use :<path/glob> to find commits with file names that match <path/glob> — See Git docs
        • or, by changes — use ~<pattern> to find commits with differences whose patch text contains added/removed lines that match <pattern> — See Git docs
      • Show File History command (gitlens.showQuickFileHistory)
      • Show Commit command (gitlens.showQuickCommitDetails)
  • pinnable comparison — shows a comparison of the two user-selected references
    • Behind — lists the commits that are missing from the branch (i.e. behind) but exist in the selected reference
      • # files changed — lists all of the files changed in the behind commits
    • Ahead — lists the commits that the branch has (i.e. ahead) but are missing in the selected reference
      • # files changed — lists all of the files changed in the ahead commits
    • # files changed — lists all of the files changed between the compared references
    • Comparison results can be provided by the following commands
      • Compare with Upstream command (gitlens.views.compareWithUpstream)
      • Compare with Working Tree command (gitlens.views.compareWithWorking)
      • Compare with HEAD command (gitlens.views.compareWithHead)
      • Compare with Selected command (gitlens.views.compareWithSelected)
      • Compare Ancestry with Working Tree command (gitlens.views.compareAncestryWithWorking)

Git Command Palette #

Git Command Palette

  • Adds a customizable Git Command Palette command (gitlens.gitCommands) to provide guided (step-by-step) access to many common Git commands, as well as quick access to commit history and search, stashes, and more

    • Quickly navigate and execute Git commands through easy-to-use menus where each command can require an explicit confirmation step before executing

Quick Commit Access #

  • Adds a Show Branch History command (gitlens.showQuickBranchHistory) to show a quick pick menu to explore the commit history of the selected branch
  • Adds a Show Current Branch History command (gitlens.showQuickRepoHistory) to show a quick pick menu to explore the commit history of the current branch

Branch History Quick Pick Menu

  • Adds a Show File History command (gitlens.showQuickFileHistory) to show quick pick menu to explore the commit history of the current file

File History Quick Pick Menu

  • Adds a Search Commits command (gitlens.showCommitSearch) to show quick pick menu to search for commits
    • by message — use <message> to find commits with messages that match <message> — See Git docs
    • or, by author — use @<pattern> to find commits with authors that match <pattern> — See Git docs
    • or, by commit SHA — use #<sha> to find a commit with id of <sha> — See Git docs
    • or, by files — use :<path/glob> to find commits with file names that match <path/glob> — See Git docs
    • or, by changes — use ~<pattern> to find commits with differences whose patch text contains added/removed lines that match <pattern> — See Git docs

Commit Search Quick Pick Menu

  • Adds a Show Commit command (gitlens.showQuickCommitDetails) to show a quick pick menu to explore a commit and take action upon it

Commit Details Quick Pick Menu

  • Adds a Show Line Commit command (gitlens.showQuickCommitFileDetails) to show a quick pick menu to explore a file of a commit and take action upon it

Commit File Details Quick Pick Menu

Quick Stash Access #

  • Adds a Show Stashes command (gitlens.showQuickStashList) to show a quick pick menu to explore your stashes

Stashes Quick Pick Menu

Stash Details Quick Pick Menu

Quick Status Access #

  • Adds a Show Repository Status command (gitlens.showQuickRepoStatus) to show a quick pick menu to for visualizing the current repository status

Repository Status Quick Pick Menu

Interactive Rebase Editor #

Interactive Rebase Editor

  • Adds a user-friendly interactive rebase editor to more easily configure an interactive rebase session

    • Quickly re-order, edit, squash, and drop commits
    • Includes drag & drop support!
  • To use this directly from your terminal, e.g. when running git rebase -i,

    • set VS Code as your default Git editor
      • git config --global core.editor "code --wait"
    • or, to only affect rebase, set VS Code as your Git rebase editor
      • git config --global sequence.editor "code --wait"

    To use the Insiders edition of VS Code, replace code in the above with code-insiders

Terminal Links #

Terminal Links

  • Optionally adds autolinks for branches, tags, and commit ranges in the integrated terminal to quickly explore their commit history
  • Optionally adds autolinks for commits in the integrated terminal to quickly explore the commit and take action upon it

Remote Provider Integrations #

GitLens provides rich integrations with many remote providers, including GitHub, GitHub Enterprise, GitLab, Gitea, Gerrit, GoogleSource, Bitbucket, Bitbucket Server, and Azure DevOps. You can also define custom remote providers or remote providers with custom domains as well.

Basic integrations provide issue and pull request auto-linking, while richer integrations (e.g. GitHub) can provide rich hover information provided for auto-linked issues and pull requests, associate pull requests with branches and commits, and provide avatars.

Additionally, these integrations provide commands to copy the url of or open files, commits, branches, and the repository on the remote provider.

  • Open File from Remote command (gitlens.openFileFromRemote) — opens the local file from a url of a file on a remote provider
  • Open File on Remote command (gitlens.openFileOnRemote) — opens a file or revision on the remote provider
  • Copy Remote File Url command (gitlens.copyRemoteFileUrlToClipboard) — copies the url of a file or revision on the remote provider
  • Open File on Remote From... command (gitlens.openFileOnRemoteFrom) — opens a file or revision on a specific branch or tag on the remote provider
  • Copy Remote File Url From... command (gitlens.copyRemoteFileUrlFrom) — copies the url of a file or revision on a specific branch or tag the remote provider
  • Open Commit on Remote command (gitlens.openCommitOnRemote) — opens a commit on the remote provider
  • Copy Remote Commit Url command (gitlens.copyRemoteCommitUrl) — copies the url of a commit on the remote provider
  • Open Branch on Remote command (gitlens.openBranchOnRemote) — opens the branch on the remote provider
  • Copy Remote Branch Url command (gitlens.copyRemoteBranchUrl) — copies the url of a branch on the remote provider
  • Open Branches on Remote command (gitlens.openBranchesOnRemote) — opens the branches on the remote provider
  • Copy Remote Branches Url command (gitlens.copyRemoteBranchesUrl) — copies the url of the branches on the remote provider
  • Open Comparison on Remote command (gitlens.openComparisonOnRemote) — opens the comparison on the remote provider
  • Copy Remote Comparison Url command (gitlens.copyRemoteComparisonUrl) — copies the url of the comparison on the remote provider
  • Open Pull Request command (gitlens.openPullRequestOnRemote) — opens the pull request on the remote provider
  • Copy Pull Request Url command (gitlens.copyRemotePullRequestUrl) — copies the url of the pull request on the remote provider
  • Open Repository on Remote command (gitlens.openRepoOnRemote) — opens the repository on the remote provider
  • Copy Remote Repository Url command (gitlens.copyRemoteRepositoryUrl) — copies the url of the repository on the remote provider

Powerful Commands #

  • Adds an Add Co-authors command (gitlens.addAuthors) to add a co-author to the commit message input box

  • Adds a Copy SHA command (gitlens.copyShaToClipboard) to copy the commit SHA of the current line to the clipboard or from the most recent commit to the current branch, if there is no current editor

  • Adds a Copy Message command (gitlens.copyMessageToClipboard) to copy the commit message of the current line to the clipboard or from the most recent commit to the current branch, if there is no current editor

  • Adds a Copy Current Branch command (gitlens.copyCurrentBranch) to copy the name of the current branch to the clipboard

  • Adds a Switch to Another Branch (gitlens.views.switchToAnotherBranch) command — to quickly switch the current branch

  • Adds a Compare References... command (gitlens.compareWith) to compare two selected references

  • Adds a Compare HEAD with... command (gitlens.compareHeadWith) to compare the index (HEAD) with the selected reference

  • Adds a Compare Working Tree with... command (gitlens.compareWorkingWith) to compare the working tree with the selected reference

  • Adds an Open Changes (difftool) command (gitlens.externalDiff) to open the changes of a file or set of files with the configured git difftool

  • Adds an Open All Changes (difftool) command (gitlens.externalDiffAll) to open all working changes with the configured git difftool

  • Adds an Open Directory Compare (difftool) command (gitlens.diffDirectoryWithHead) to compare the working tree with HEAD with the configured Git difftool

  • Adds an Open Directory Compare (difftool) with... command (gitlens.diffDirectory) to compare the working tree with the selected reference with the configured Git difftool

  • Adds an Open File command (gitlens.openWorkingFile) to open the working file for the current file revision

  • Adds an Open Revision... command (gitlens.openFileRevision) to open the selected revision for the current file

  • Adds an Open Revision from... command (gitlens.openFileRevisionFrom) to open the revision of the current file from the selected reference

  • Adds an Open Blame Prior to Change command (gitlens.openBlamePriorToChange) to open the blame of prior revision of the selected line in the current file

  • Adds a Open Changed Files command (gitlens.openChangedFiles) to open any files with working tree changes

  • Adds a Close Unchanged Files command (gitlens.closeUnchangedFiles) to close any files without working tree changes

  • Adds an Enable Debug Logging command (gitlens.enableDebugLogging) to enable debug logging to the GitLens output channel

  • Adds a Disable Debug Logging command (gitlens.disableDebugLogging) to disable debug logging to the GitLens output channel

Menus & Toolbars #

Menus & Toolbars

GitLens provides customizable menu and toolbar contributions to put you in control over where GitLens' commands are shown. The easiest way to configure these settings is via the GitLens interactive settings editor.

For example, if you uncheck the Add to the editor group toolbar you will see the following items removed from the toolbar:

Editor Group Toolbar example

You can also expand each group to control each area more granularly.

Modes #

GitLens supports user-defined modes for quickly toggling between sets of settings.

  • Adds Switch Mode command (gitlens.switchMode) to quickly switch the active mode
  • Adds a Zen mode which for a zen-like experience, disables many visual features
    • Adds Toggle Zen Mode command (gitlens.toggleZenMode) to toggle Zen mode
  • Adds a Review mode which for reviewing code, enables many visual features
    • Adds Toggle Review Mode command (gitlens.toggleReviewMode) to toggle Review mode
  • Adds the active mode to the status bar (optional, on by default)

Configuration #

GitLens Interactive Settings

GitLens provides a rich interactive settings editor, an easy-to-use interface, to configure many of GitLens' powerful features. It can be accessed via the GitLens: Open Settings (gitlens.showSettingsPage) command from the Command Palette.

For more advanced customizations, refer to the settings documentation below.

GitLens Settings #

GitLens is highly customizable and provides many configuration settings to allow the personalization of almost all features.

Current Line Blame Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.currentLine.dateFormat Specifies how to format absolute dates (e.g. using the ${date} token) for the current line blame annotations. See the Moment.js docs for supported formats
gitlens.currentLine.enabled Specifies whether to provide a blame annotation for the current line, by default. Use the Toggle Line Blame Annotations command (gitlens.toggleLineBlame) to toggle the annotations on and off for the current window
gitlens.currentLine.format Specifies the format of the current line blame annotation. See Commit Tokens in the GitLens docs. Date formatting is controlled by the gitlens.currentLine.dateFormat setting
gitlens.currentLine.pullRequests.enabled Specifies whether to provide information about the Pull Request (if any) that introduced the commit in the current line blame annotation. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.currentLine.scrollable Specifies whether the current line blame annotation can be scrolled into view when it is outside the viewport. NOTE: Setting this to false will inhibit the hovers from showing over the annotation; Set gitlens.hovers.currentLine.over to line to enable the hovers to show anywhere over the line.

Git CodeLens Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.codeLens.authors.command Specifies the command to be executed when an authors CodeLens is clicked, set to (gitlens.toggleFileBlame) by default. Can be set to false to disable click actions on the CodeLens.

gitlens.toggleFileBlame - toggles file blame annotations
gitlens.toggleFileHeatmap - toggles file heatmap
gitlens.toggleFileChanges - toggles file changes since before the commit
gitlens.toggleFileChangesOnly - toggles file changes from the commit
gitlens.diffWithPrevious - opens changes with the previous revision
gitlens.revealCommitInView - reveals the commit in the Side Bar
gitlens.showCommitsInView - searches for commits within the range
gitlens.showQuickCommitDetails - shows details of the commit
gitlens.showQuickCommitFileDetails - show file details of the commit
gitlens.showQuickFileHistory - shows the current file history
gitlens.showQuickRepoHistory - shows the current branch history
gitlens.openCommitOnRemote - opens the commit on the remote service (when available)
gitlens.copyRemoteCommitUrl - copies the remote commit url to the clipboard (when available)
gitlens.openFileOnRemote - opens the file revision on the remote service (when available)
gitlens.copyRemoteFileUrl - copies the remote file url to the clipboard (when available)
gitlens.codeLens.authors.enabled Specifies whether to provide an authors CodeLens, showing number of authors of the file or code block and the most prominent author (if there is more than one)
gitlens.codeLens.enabled Specifies whether to provide any Git CodeLens, by default. Use the Toggle Git CodeLens command (gitlens.toggleCodeLens) to toggle the Git CodeLens on and off for the current window
gitlens.codeLens.includeSingleLineSymbols Specifies whether to provide any Git CodeLens on symbols that span only a single line
gitlens.codeLens.recentChange.command Specifies the command to be executed when a recent change CodeLens is clicked, set to (gitlens.showQuickCommitFileDetails) by default. Can be set to false to disable click actions on the CodeLens.

gitlens.toggleFileBlame - toggles file blame annotations
gitlens.toggleFileHeatmap - toggles file heatmap
gitlens.toggleFileChanges - toggles file changes since before the commit
gitlens.toggleFileChangesOnly - toggles file changes from the commit
gitlens.diffWithPrevious - opens changes with the previous revision
gitlens.revealCommitInView - reveals the commit in the Side Bar
gitlens.showCommitsInView - searches for commits within the range
gitlens.showQuickCommitDetails - shows details of the commit
gitlens.showQuickCommitFileDetails - show file details of the commit
gitlens.showQuickFileHistory - shows the current file history
gitlens.showQuickRepoHistory - shows the current branch history
gitlens.openCommitOnRemote - opens the commit on the remote service (when available)
gitlens.copyRemoteCommitUrl - copies the remote commit url to the clipboard (when available)
gitlens.openFileOnRemote - opens the file revision on the remote service (when available)
gitlens.copyRemoteFileUrl - copies the remote file url to the clipboard (when available)
gitlens.codeLens.recentChange.enabled Specifies whether to provide a recent change CodeLens, showing the author and date of the most recent commit for the file or code block
gitlens.codeLens.scopes Specifies where Git CodeLens will be shown in the document

document - adds CodeLens at the top of the document
containers - adds CodeLens at the start of container-like symbols (modules, classes, interfaces, etc)
blocks - adds CodeLens at the start of block-like symbols (functions, methods, etc) lines
gitlens.codeLens.symbolScopes Specifies a set of document symbols where Git CodeLens will or will not be shown in the document. Prefix with ! to avoid providing a Git CodeLens for the symbol. Must be a member of SymbolKind

Status Bar Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.statusBar.alignment Specifies the blame alignment in the status bar

left - aligns to the left
right - aligns to the right
gitlens.statusBar.command Specifies the command to be executed when the blame status bar item is clicked

gitlens.toggleFileBlame - toggles file blame annotations
gitlens.toggleFileHeatmap - toggles file heatmap
gitlens.toggleFileChanges - toggles file changes since before the commit
gitlens.toggleFileChangesOnly - toggles file changes from the commit
gitlens.diffWithPrevious - opens changes with the previous revision
gitlens.revealCommitInView - reveals the commit in the Side Bar
gitlens.showCommitsInView - searches for commits within the range
gitlens.showQuickCommitDetails - shows details of the commit
gitlens.showQuickCommitFileDetails - show file details of the commit
gitlens.showQuickFileHistory - shows the current file history
gitlens.showQuickRepoHistory - shows the current branch history
gitlens.openCommitOnRemote - opens the commit on the remote service (when available)
gitlens.copyRemoteCommitUrl - copies the remote commit url to the clipboard (when available)
gitlens.openFileOnRemote - opens the file revision on the remote service (when available)
gitlens.copyRemoteFileUrl - copies the remote file url to the clipboard (when available)
gitlens.statusBar.dateFormat Specifies how to format absolute dates (e.g. using the ${date} token) in the blame information in the status bar. See the Moment.js docs for supported formats
gitlens.statusBar.enabled Specifies whether to provide blame information in the status bar
gitlens.statusBar.format Specifies the format of the blame information in the status bar. See Commit Tokens in the GitLens docs. Date formatting is controlled by the gitlens.statusBar.dateFormat setting
gitlens.statusBar.pullRequests.enabled Specifies whether to provide information about the Pull Request (if any) that introduced the commit in the status bar. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.statusBar.reduceFlicker Specifies whether to avoid clearing the previous blame information when changing lines to reduce status bar "flashing"
gitlens.statusBar.tooltipFormat Specifies the format (in markdown) of hover shown over the blame information in the status bar. See Commit Tokens in the GitLens docs

Hover Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.hovers.annotations.changes Specifies whether to provide a changes (diff) hover for all lines when showing blame annotations
gitlens.hovers.annotations.details Specifies whether to provide a commit details hover for all lines when showing blame annotations
gitlens.hovers.annotations.enabled Specifies whether to provide any hovers when showing blame annotations
gitlens.hovers.annotations.over Specifies when to trigger hovers when showing blame annotations

annotation - only shown when hovering over the line annotation
line - shown when hovering anywhere over the line
gitlens.hovers.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images in hovers
gitlens.hovers.avatarSize Specifies the size of the avatar images in hovers
gitlens.hovers.changesDiff Specifies whether to show just the changes to the line or the set of related changes in the changes (diff) hover

line - Shows only the changes to the line
hunk - Shows the set of related changes
gitlens.hovers.currentLine.changes Specifies whether to provide a changes (diff) hover for the current line
gitlens.hovers.currentLine.details Specifies whether to provide a commit details hover for the current line
gitlens.hovers.currentLine.enabled Specifies whether to provide any hovers for the current line
gitlens.hovers.currentLine.over Specifies when to trigger hovers for the current line

annotation - only shown when hovering over the line annotation
line - shown when hovering anywhere over the line
gitlens.hovers.detailsMarkdownFormat Specifies the format (in markdown) of the commit details hover. See Commit Tokens in the GitLens docs
gitlens.hovers.enabled Specifies whether to provide any hovers
gitlens.hovers.autolinks.enabled Specifies whether to automatically link external resources in commit messages
gitlens.hovers.autolinks.enhanced Specifies whether to lookup additional details about automatically link external resources in commit messages. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.hovers.pullRequests.enabled Specifies whether to provide information about the Pull Request (if any) that introduced the commit in the hovers. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)

View Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.views.defaultItemLimit Specifies the default number of items to show in a view list. Use 0 to specify no limit
gitlens.views.formats.commits.label Specifies the format of commits in the views. See Commit Tokens in the GitLens docs
gitlens.views.formats.commits.description Specifies the description format of commits in the views. See Commit Tokens in the GitLens docs
gitlens.views.formats.files.label Specifies the format of a file in the views. See File Tokens in the GitLens docs
gitlens.views.formats.files.description Specifies the description format of a file in the views. See File Tokens in the GitLens docs
gitlens.views.formats.stashes.label Specifies the format of stashes in the views. See Commit Tokens in the GitLens docs
gitlens.views.formats.stashes.description Specifies the description format of stashes in the views. See Commit Tokens in the GitLens docs
gitlens.views.pageItemLimit Specifies the number of items to show in a each page when paginating a view list. Use 0 to specify no limit
gitlens.views.showRelativeDateMarkers Specifies whether to show relative date markers (Less than a week ago, Over a week ago, Over a month ago, etc) on revision (commit) histories in the views

Commits View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.commits.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of commit (or status) icons in the Commits view
gitlens.views.commits.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Commits view.
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.commits.files.layout Specifies how the Commits view will display files

auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.commits.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree
gitlens.views.commits.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Commits view
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.commits.pullRequests.enabled Specifies whether to query for pull requests associated with the current branch and commits in the Commits view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.commits.pullRequests.showForBranches Specifies whether to query for pull requests associated with the current branch in the Commits view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.commits.pullRequests.showForCommits Specifies whether to show pull requests (if any) associated with commits in the Commits view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.commits.reveal Specifies whether to reveal commits in the Commits view, otherwise they will be revealed in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.commits.showBranchComparison Specifies whether to show a comparison of the current branch or the working tree with a user-selected reference (branch, tag. etc) in the Commits view

false - hides the branch comparison
branch - compares the current branch with a user-selected reference
working - compares the working tree with a user-selected reference

Repositories View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.repositories.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of commit (or status) icons in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.autoRefresh Specifies whether to automatically refresh the Repositories view when the repository or the file system changes
gitlens.views.repositories.autoReveal Specifies whether to automatically reveal repositories in the Repositories view when opening files
gitlens.views.repositories.branches.layout Specifies how the Repositories view will display branches

list - displays branches as a list
tree - displays branches as a tree when branch names contain slashes /
gitlens.views.repositories.branches.showBranchComparison Specifies whether to show a comparison of the branch with a user-selected reference (branch, tag. etc) under each branch in the Repositories view view
gitlens.views.repositories.compact Specifies whether to show the Repositories view in a compact display density
gitlens.views.repositories.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Repositories view. Only applies when gitlens.views.repositories.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.repositories.files.layout Specifies how the Repositories view will display files

auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.repositories.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree
gitlens.views.repositories.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Repositories view. Only applies when gitlens.views.repositories.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.repositories.includeWorkingTree Specifies whether to include working tree file status for each repository in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.showBranchComparison Specifies whether to show a comparison of a user-selected reference (branch, tag. etc) to the current branch or the working tree in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.showBranches Specifies whether to show the branches for each repository in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.showCommits Specifies whether to show the commits on the current branch for each repository in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.showContributors Specifies whether to show the contributors for each repository in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.showIncomingActivity Specifies whether to show the experimental incoming activity for each repository in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.showRemotes Specifies whether to show the remotes for each repository in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.showStashes Specifies whether to show the stashes for each repository in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.showTags Specifies whether to show the tags for each repository in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.repositories.showUpstreamStatus Specifies whether to show the upstream status of the current branch for each repository in the Repositories view

File History View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.fileHistory.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of status icons in the File History view

Line History View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.lineHistory.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of status icons in the Line History view

Branches View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.branches.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of commit (or status) icons in the Branches view
gitlens.views.branches.branches.layout Specifies how the Branches view will display branches

list - displays branches as a list
tree - displays branches as a tree
gitlens.views.branches.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Branches view.
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.branches.files.layout Specifies how the Branches view will display files

auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.commits.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree
gitlens.views.branches.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Branches view
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.branches.pullRequests.enabled Specifies whether to query for pull requests associated with each branch and commits in the Branches view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.branches.pullRequests.showForBranches Specifies whether to query for pull requests associated with each branch in the Branches view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.branches.pullRequests.showForCommits Specifies whether to show pull requests (if any) associated with commits in the Branches view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.branches.reveal Specifies whether to reveal branches in the Branches view, otherwise they will be revealed in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.branches.showBranchComparison Specifies whether to show a comparison of the branch with a user-selected reference (branch, tag. etc) in the Branches view

false - hides the branch comparison
branch - compares the current branch with a user-selected reference

Remotes View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.remotes.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of commit (or status) icons in the Remotes view
gitlens.views.remotes.branches.layout Specifies how the Remotes view will display branches

list - displays branches as a list
tree - displays branches as a tree
gitlens.views.remotes.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Remotes view.
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.remotes.files.layout Specifies how the Remotes view will display files

auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.commits.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree
gitlens.views.remotes.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Remotes view
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.remotes.pullRequests.enabled Specifies whether to query for pull requests associated with each branch and commits in the Remotes view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.remotes.pullRequests.showForBranches Specifies whether to query for pull requests associated with each branch in the Remotes view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.remotes.pullRequests.showForCommits Specifies whether to show pull requests (if any) associated with commits in the Remotes view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.remotes.reveal Specifies whether to reveal remotes in the Remotes view, otherwise they will be revealed in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.remotes.showBranchComparison Specifies whether to show a comparison of the branch with a user-selected reference (branch, tag. etc) in the Remotes view

false - hides the branch comparison
branch - compares the current branch with a user-selected reference

Stashes View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.stashes.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Stashes view.
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.stashes.files.layout Specifies how the Stashes view will display files

auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.commits.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree
gitlens.views.stashes.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Stashes view
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.stashes.reveal Specifies whether to reveal stashes in the Stashes view, otherwise they will be revealed in the Repositories view

Tags View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.tags.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of commit (or status) icons in the Tags view
gitlens.views.tags.branches.layout Specifies how the Tags view will display tags

list - displays tags as a list
tree - displays tags as a tree
gitlens.views.tags.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Tags view.
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.tags.files.layout Specifies how the Tags view will display files

auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.commits.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree
gitlens.views.tags.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Tags view
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.tags.reveal Specifies whether to reveal tags in the Tags view, otherwise they will be revealed in the Repositories view

Worktrees View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.worktrees.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of commit (or status) icons in the Worktrees view
gitlens.views.worktrees.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Worktrees view.
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.worktrees.files.layout Specifies how the Worktrees view will display files

auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.commits.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree
gitlens.views.worktrees.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Worktrees view
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.worktrees.pullRequests.enabled Specifies whether to query for pull requests associated with the worktree branch and commits in the Worktrees view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.worktrees.pullRequests.showForBranches Specifies whether to query for pull requests associated with the worktree branch in the Worktrees view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.worktrees.pullRequests.showForCommits Specifies whether to show pull requests (if any) associated with commits in the Worktrees view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.worktrees.reveal Specifies whether to reveal worktrees in the Worktrees view, otherwise they will be revealed in the Repositories view
gitlens.views.worktrees.showBranchComparison Specifies whether to show a comparison of the worktree branch with a user-selected reference (branch, tag. etc) in the Worktrees view

false - hides the branch comparison
branch - compares the current branch with a user-selected reference

Contributors View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.contributors.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of commit (or status) icons in the Contributors view
gitlens.views.contributors.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Contributors view.
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.contributors.files.layout Specifies how the Contributors view will display files

auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.commits.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree
gitlens.views.contributors.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Contributors view
Only applies when gitlens.views.commits.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.contributors.pullRequests.enabled Specifies whether to query for pull requests associated with the current branch and commits in the Contributors view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.contributors.pullRequests.showForCommits Specifies whether to show pull requests (if any) associated with the current branch in the Contributors view. Requires a connection to a supported remote service (e.g. GitHub)
gitlens.views.contributors.showAllBranches Specifies whether to show commits from all branches in the Contributors view
gitlens.views.contributors.showStatistics Specifies whether to show contributor statistics in the Contributors view. This can take a while to compute depending on the repository size

Search & Compare View Settings #

See also View Settings

Name Description
gitlens.views.compare.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Search Commits view
Only applies when gitlens.views.compare.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.compare.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of commit (or status) icons in the Compare view
gitlens.views.compare.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Compare view. Only applies when gitlens.views.compare.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.compare.files.layout Specifies how the Compare view will display files

auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.compare.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree
gitlens.views.compare.files.threshold Specifies when to switch between displaying files as a tree or list based on the number of files in a nesting level in the Compare view. Only applies when gitlens.views.compare.files.layout is set to auto
gitlens.views.search.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images instead of commit (or status) icons in the Search Commits view
gitlens.views.search.files.compact Specifies whether to compact (flatten) unnecessary file nesting in the Search Commits view
Only applies when gitlens.views.compare.files.layout is set to tree or auto
gitlens.views.search.files.layout Specifies how the Search Commits view will display files
auto - automatically switches between displaying files as a tree or list based on the gitlens.views.compare.files.threshold value and the number of files at each nesting level
list - displays files as a list
tree - displays files as a tree

File Blame Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.blame.avatars Specifies whether to show avatar images in the file blame annotations
gitlens.blame.compact Specifies whether to compact (deduplicate) matching adjacent file blame annotations
gitlens.blame.dateFormat Specifies how to format absolute dates (e.g. using the ${date} token) in file blame annotations. See the Moment.js docs for supported formats
gitlens.blame.format Specifies the format of the file blame annotations. See Commit Tokens in the GitLens docs. Date formatting is controlled by the gitlens.blame.dateFormat setting
gitlens.blame.heatmap.enabled Specifies whether to provide a heatmap indicator in the file blame annotations
gitlens.blame.heatmap.location Specifies where the heatmap indicators will be shown in the file blame annotations

left - adds a heatmap indicator on the left edge of the file blame annotations
right - adds a heatmap indicator on the right edge of the file blame annotations
gitlens.blame.highlight.enabled Specifies whether to highlight lines associated with the current line
gitlens.blame.highlight.locations Specifies where the associated line highlights will be shown

gutter - adds an indicator to the gutter
line - adds a full-line highlight background color
overview - adds an indicator to the scroll bar
gitlens.blame.ignoreWhitespace Specifies whether to ignore whitespace when comparing revisions during blame operations
gitlens.blame.separateLines Specifies whether file blame annotations will have line separators
gitlens.blame.toggleMode Specifies how the file blame annotations will be toggled

file - toggles each file individually
window - toggles the window, i.e. all files at once

File Changes Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.changes.locations Specifies where the indicators of the file changes annotations will be shown

gutter - adds an indicator to the gutter
line - adds a full-line highlight background color
overview - adds an indicator to the scroll bar
gitlens.changes.toggleMode Specifies how the file changes annotations will be toggled

file - toggles each file individually
window - toggles the window, i.e. all files at once

File Heatmap Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.heatmap.ageThreshold Specifies the age of the most recent change (in days) after which the file heatmap annotations will be cold rather than hot (i.e. will use gitlens.heatmap.coldColor instead of gitlens.heatmap.hotColor)
gitlens.heatmap.coldColor Specifies the base color of the file heatmap annotations when the most recent change is older (cold) than the gitlens.heatmap.ageThreshold value
gitlens.heatmap.hotColor Specifies the base color of the file heatmap annotations when the most recent change is newer (hot) than the gitlens.heatmap.ageThreshold value
gitlens.heatmap.locations Specifies where the indicators of the file heatmap annotations will be shown

gutter - adds an indicator to the gutter
line - adds a full-line highlight background color
overview - adds an indicator to the scroll bar
gitlens.heatmap.toggleMode Specifies how the file heatmap annotations will be toggled

file - toggles each file individually
window - toggles the window, i.e. all files at once

Git Command Palette Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.gitCommands.closeOnFocusOut Specifies whether to dismiss the Git Commands Palette when focus is lost (if not, press ESC to dismiss)
gitlens.gitCommands.search.matchAll Specifies whether to match all or any commit message search patterns
gitlens.gitCommands.search.matchCase Specifies whether to match commit search patterns with or without regard to casing
gitlens.gitCommands.search.matchRegex Specifies whether to match commit search patterns using regular expressions
gitlens.gitCommands.search.showResultsInSideBar Specifies whether to show the commit search results directly in the quick pick menu, in the Side Bar, or will be based on the context
gitlens.gitCommands.skipConfirmations Specifies which (and when) Git commands will skip the confirmation step, using the format: git-command-name:(menu/command)
gitlens.gitCommands.sortBy Specifies how Git commands are sorted in the Git Command Palette

name - sorts commands by name
usage - sorts commands by last used date

Terminal Links Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.terminalLinks.enabled Specifies whether to enable terminal links — autolinks in the integrated terminal to quickly jump to more details for commits, branches, tags, and more

Remote Provider Integration Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.integrations.enabled Specifies whether to enable rich integrations with any supported remote services
gitlens.remotes Specifies custom remote services to be matched with Git remotes to detect custom domains for built-in remote services or provide support for custom remote services

Supported Types (e.g. "type": "GitHub"):
  • "GitHub"
  • "GitLab"
  • "Gerrit"
  • "GoogleSource"
  • "Gitea"
  • "AzureDevOps"
  • "Bitbucket"
  • "BitbucketServer"
  • "Custom"
Example:
"gitlens.remotes": [{ "domain": "git.corporate-url.com", "type": "GitHub" }]

Example:
"gitlens.remotes": [{ "regex": "ssh:\/\/(my\.company\.com):1234\/git\/(.+)", "type": "GitHub" }]

Example:
"gitlens.remotes": [{
    "domain": "git.corporate-url.com",
    "type": "Custom",
    "name": "My Company",
    "protocol": "https",
    "urls": {
        "repository": "https://git.corporate-url.com/${repo}",
        "branches": "https://git.corporate-url.com/${repo}/branches",
        "branch": "https://git.corporate-url.com/${repo}/commits/${branch}",
        "commit": "https://git.corporate-url.com/${repo}/commit/${id}",
        "file": "https://git.corporate-url.com/${repo}?path=${file}${line}",
        "fileInBranch": "https://git.corporate-url.com/${repo}/blob/${branch}/${file}${line}",
        "fileInCommit": "https://git.corporate-url.com/${repo}/blob/${id}/${file}${line}",
        "fileLine": "#L${line}",
        "fileRange": "#L${start}-L${end}"
        }
    }]

Example:
"gitlens.remotes": [{
    "regex": "ssh:\\/\\/(my\\.company\\.com):1234\\/git\\/(.+)",
    "type": "Custom",
    "name": "My Company",
    "protocol": "https",
    "urls": {
        "repository": "https://my.company.com/projects/${repoBase}/repos/${repoPath}",
        "branches": "https://my.company.com/projects/${repoBase}/repos/${repoPath}/branches",
        "branch": "https://my.company.com/projects/${repoBase}/repos/${repoPath}/commits/${branch}",
        "commit": "https://my.company.com/projects/${repoBase}/repos/${repoPath}/commit/${id}",
        "file": "https://my.company.com/projects/${repoBase}/repos/${repoPath}?path=${file}${line}",
        "fileInBranch": "https://my.company.com/projects/${repoBase}/repos/${repoPath}/blob/${branch}/${file}${line}",
        "fileInCommit": "https://my.company.com/projects/${repoBase}/repos/${repoPath}/blob/${id}/${file}${line}",
        "fileLine": "#L${line}",
        "fileRange": "#L${start}-L${end}"
        }
    }]

Date & Time Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.defaultDateFormat Specifies how absolute dates will be formatted by default. See the Moment.js docs for supported formats
gitlens.defaultDateLocale Specifies the locale, a BCP 47 language tag, to use for date formatting, defaults to the VS Code locale. Use system to follow the current system locale, or choose a specific locale, e.g en-US — US English, en-GB — British English, de-DE — German, 'ja-JP = Japanese, etc.
gitlens.defaultDateShortFormat Specifies how short absolute dates will be formatted by default. See the Moment.js docs for supported formats
gitlens.defaultDateSource Specifies whether commit dates should use the authored or committed date
gitlens.defaultDateStyle Specifies how dates will be displayed by default
gitlens.defaultTimeFormat Specifies how times will be formatted by default. See the Moment.js docs for supported formats

Menu & Toolbar Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.menus Specifies which commands will be added to which menus
gitlens.fileAnnotations.command Specifies whether the file annotations button in the editor title shows a menu or immediately toggles the specified file annotations
null (default) - shows a menu to choose which file annotations to toggle
blame - toggles file blame annotations
heatmap - toggles file heatmap annotations
changes - toggles file changes annotations

Keyboard Shortcut Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.keymap Specifies the keymap to use for GitLens shortcut keys

alternate - adds an alternate set of shortcut keys that start with Alt (⌥ on macOS)
chorded - adds a chorded set of shortcut keys that start with Ctrl+Shift+G (⌥⌘G on macOS)
none - no shortcut keys will be added

Modes Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.mode.active Specifies the active GitLens mode, if any
gitlens.mode.statusBar.enabled Specifies whether to provide the active GitLens mode in the status bar
gitlens.mode.statusBar.alignment Specifies the active GitLens mode alignment in the status bar

left - aligns to the left
right - aligns to the right
gitlens.modes Specifies the user-defined GitLens modes

Example — adds heatmap annotations to the Reviewing mode
"gitlens.modes": { "review": { "annotations": "heatmap" } }

Example — adds a new Annotating mode with blame annotations
"gitlens.modes": {
    "annotate": {
        "name": "Annotating",
        "statusBarItemName": "Annotating",
        "description": "for root cause analysis",
        "annotations": "blame",
        "codeLens": false,
        "currentLine": false,
        "hovers": true
    }
}

Autolink Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.autolinks Specifies autolinks to external resources in commit messages. Use <num> as the variable for the reference number

Example to autolink Jira issues: (e.g. JIRA-123 ⟶ https://jira.company.com/issue?query=123)
"gitlens.autolinks": [{ "prefix": "JIRA-", "url": "https://jira.company.com/issue?query=<num>" }]

Misc Settings #

Name Description
gitlens.defaultGravatarsStyle Specifies the style of the gravatar default (fallback) images

identicon - a geometric pattern
mp - a simple, cartoon-style silhouetted outline of a person (does not vary by email hash)
monsterid - a monster with different colors, faces, etc
retro - 8-bit arcade-style pixelated faces
robohash - a robot with different colors, faces, etc
wavatar - a face with differing features and backgrounds
gitlens.liveshare.allowGuestAccess Specifies whether to allow guest access to GitLens features when using Visual Studio Live Share
gitlens.outputLevel Specifies how much (if any) output will be sent to the GitLens output channel
gitlens.showWelcomeOnInstall Specifies whether to show the Welcome (Quick Setup) experience on first install
gitlens.showWhatsNewAfterUpgrades Specifies whether to show the What's New notification after upgrading to new feature releases
gitlens.sortBranchesBy Specifies how branches are sorted in quick pick menus and views
gitlens.sortContributorsBy Specifies how contributors are sorted in quick pick menus and views
gitlens.sortTagsBy Specifies how tags are sorted in quick pick menus and views
gitlens.advanced.abbreviatedShaLength Specifies the length of abbreviated commit SHAs (shas)
gitlens.advanced.abbreviateShaOnCopy Specifies whether to copy full or abbreviated commit SHAs to the clipboard. Abbreviates to the length of gitlens.advanced.abbreviatedShaLength..
gitlens.advanced.blame.customArguments Specifies additional arguments to pass to the git blame command
gitlens.advanced.blame.delayAfterEdit Specifies the time (in milliseconds) to wait before re-blaming an unsaved document after an edit. Use 0 to specify an infinite wait
gitlens.advanced.blame.sizeThresholdAfterEdit Specifies the maximum document size (in lines) allowed to be re-blamed after an edit while still unsaved. Use 0 to specify no maximum
gitlens.advanced.caching.enabled Specifies whether git output will be cached — changing the default is not recommended
gitlens.advanced.commitOrdering Specifies the order by which commits will be shown. If unspecified, commits will be shown in reverse chronological order

date - shows commits in reverse chronological order of the commit timestamp
author-date - shows commits in reverse chronological order of the author timestamp
topo - shows commits in reverse chronological order of the commit timestamp, but avoids intermixing multiple lines of history
gitlens.advanced.externalDiffTool Specifies an optional external diff tool to use when comparing files. Must be a configured Git difftool.
gitlens.advanced.externalDirectoryDiffTool Specifies an optional external diff tool to use when comparing directories. Must be a configured Git difftool.
gitlens.advanced.fileHistoryFollowsRenames Specifies whether file histories will follow renames -- will affect how merge commits are shown in histories
gitlens.advanced.fileHistoryShowAllBranches Specifies whether file histories will show commits from all branches
gitlens.advanced.maxListItems Specifies the maximum number of items to show in a list. Use 0 to specify no maximum
gitlens.advanced.maxSearchItems Specifies the maximum number of items to show in a search. Use 0 to specify no maximum
gitlens.advanced.messages Specifies which messages should be suppressed
gitlens.advanced.quickPick.closeOnFocusOut Specifies whether to dismiss quick pick menus when focus is lost (if not, press ESC to dismiss)
gitlens.advanced.repositorySearchDepth Specifies how many folders deep to search for repositories. Defaults to git.repositoryScanMaxDepth
gitlens.advanced.similarityThreshold Specifies the amount (percent) of similarity a deleted and added file pair must have to be considered a rename
gitlens.strings.codeLens.unsavedChanges.recentChangeAndAuthors Specifies the string to be shown in place of both the recent change and authors CodeLens when there are unsaved changes
gitlens.strings.codeLens.unsavedChanges.recentChangeOnly Specifies the string to be shown in place of the recent change CodeLens when there are unsaved changes
gitlens.strings.codeLens.unsavedChanges.authorsOnly Specifies the string to be shown in place of the authors CodeLens when there are unsaved changes

Themable Colors #

GitLens defines a set of themable colors which can be provided by vscode themes or directly by the user using workbench.colorCustomizations.

Name Description
gitlens.gutterBackgroundColor Specifies the background color of the file blame annotations
gitlens.gutterForegroundColor Specifies the foreground color of the file blame annotations
gitlens.gutterUncommittedForegroundColor Specifies the foreground color of an uncommitted line in the file blame annotations
gitlens.trailingLineBackgroundColor Specifies the background color of the trailing blame annotation
gitlens.trailingLineForegroundColor Specifies the foreground color of the trailing blame annotation
gitlens.lineHighlightBackgroundColor Specifies the background color of the associated line highlights in blame annotations
gitlens.lineHighlightOverviewRulerColor Specifies the scroll bar color of the associated line highlights in blame annotations

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A big thanks to the people that have contributed to this project:

Also special thanks to the people that have provided support, testing, brainstorming, etc:

And of course the awesome vscode team!

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All files in or under any directory named "plus" fall under LICENSE.plus.

The remaining files fall under the MIT license.

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