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gitv is a repository viewer similar to gitk. It is an extension of the fugitive git plugin for vim. It is essentially a wrapper around git log --graph, allowing you to see your branching history. It allows you to view commits, diffstats, inline diffs, and file or folder specific history, and more. It allows you to perform operations on the commit tree interactively, such as merges, cherry picks, reversions, resets, deletions, checkouts, bisections, and rebase operations.

This repo has the most bleeding edge version of gitv. Stable versions are available at the page.

Bugs, suggestions, pull requests and patches are all very welcome.

We are currently actively looking for feature requests and bugs regarding the latest pre-release.

Basic usage

Start the plugin by running :Gitv in Vim when viewing a file in a git repository.

This plugin is an extension of the fugitive git plugin by Tim Pope.

I hope you like it!


You will need the tpope/fugitive plugin installed and working for gitv to work.

For Windows, use the ~\vimfiles directory instead of ~/.vim

Method Instalation instructions
Manual Merge the autoload, doc, ftplugin, plugin, and syntax folders into their respective ~/.vim folders
NeoBundle Add NeoBundle 'gregsexton/gitv' to .vimrc
Pathogen Run git clone ~/.vim/bundle/gitv
Plug Add Plug 'gregsexton/gitv', {'on': ['Gitv']} to .vimrc
Vundle Add Plugin 'gregsexton/gitv' to .vimrc


gitv was developed against Vim 7.3 and later 8.0 but earlier versions of Vim should work. Vim 7.2+ is recommended as it ships with syntax highlighting for many Git file types. Vim 7.3+ is recommended for UTF-8 support.

gitv now has basic neovim support.


gitv is a 'gitk clone' plugin for the text editor Vim. The goal is to give you a similar set of functionality as a repository viewer. Using this plugin you can view a repository's history including branching and merging, you can see which commits refs point to. You can quickly and easily view what changed to which files and when. You can perform arbitrary diffs (using Vim's excellent built in diff functionality) and you can easily check out whole commits and branches or just individual files if need be.

Throw in the fact that it is running in Vim and you get for free: the ability to move over repository history quickly and precisely using Vim's built in movement operators. You get excellent code syntax highlighting due to Vim's built in ability. You can open up all sorts of repository views in multiple windows and position them exactly how you like. You can take advantage of Vim's registers to copy multiple fragments of code from previous commits. The list goes on.


Click here for help on our official server.

Future changes are viewable in the roadmap.

A tentative release schedule is available in the milestone view.

You can download stable release versions (and vote for gitv!) at gitv’s page on


commit preview

gitv commit preview

diff splitting

gitv diffsplit

diff stat-ing

gitv diffstat

interactive bisecting

gitv interactive bisecting

interactive rebasing

gitv interactive rebasing