Fork of Pieter's nice git GUI for OS X. Includes branch/tag sidebar and various fixes. Current development focus is on removing legacy git command line usage in favour of libgit2 and objective-git.
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What is GitX?

GitX is a graphical client for the git version control system, written specifically for OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and higher. This means that it has a native interface and tries to integrate with the operating system as good as possible. Examples of this are drag and drop support and QuickLook support.

What is GitX-dev?

This fork (variant) of GitX focuses on programmer-oriented features for those working with the latest tools for developing software for current Apple platforms. As such, it only supports 64-bit Intel macs, and currently deploying versions of OS X and Xcode.

Drawing several important early improvements from mainline "official" GitX from GitX (L) and others, we are prioritizing moving away from deprecated or unreliable technologies like a dependency on command-line git usage to drive GitX features; and staying up-to-date with Apple and third-party frameworks and libraries that are used.

Getting GitX-dev

The latest binaries are available on the GitHub project downloads page.

GitX-dev uses the Sparkle framework for in-app updates; so once you have version 0.11 or later, you can check for or update to new builds from the GitX menu at any time, or opt-in for automatic updates.


The project is well underway, and based on the solid foundations of GitX and GitX (L), used day-to-day by our developers. We consider GitX-dev to be close to feature-complete, with very few workflows dependant on manual command-line git usage.

  • History browsing of your repository
  • See a nicely formatted diff of any revision
  • Search based on author or revision subject
  • Look at the complete tree of any revision
    • Preview any file in the tree in a text view or with QuickLook
    • Drag and drop files out of the tree view to copy them to your system
  • Support for all parameters git rev-list has
  • Good performance on large (200+ MB) repositories


Developing for GitX-dev has a few requirements above and beyond those for mainline GitX.

Most third-party code is referenced with Git submodules, so read up on those if you're not familiar.

  • Very recent Xcode install, 4.3 release strongly recommended.
  • Most development is done on OS X Lion, Snow Leopard may or may not work
  • CMake with a working command-line compiling environment for building libgit2
  • node.js for building SyntaxHighlighter (not necessary unless you're updating SyntaxHighlighter itself)


GitX is licensed under the GPL version 2. For more information, see the attached COPYING file.


GitX itself is fairly simple. Most of its power is in the 'gitx' binary, which you should install through the menu. the 'gitx' binary supports most of git rev-list's arguments. For example, you can run gitx --all' to display all branches in the repository, orgitx -- Documentation' to only show commits relating to the 'Documentation' subdirectory. With `gitx -Shaha', gitx will only show commits that contain the word 'haha'. Similarly, with 'gitx v0.2.1..', you will get a list of all commits since version 0.2.1.

Helping out

Any help on GitX is welcome. GitX is programmed in Objective-C, but even if you are not a programmer you can do useful things. A short selection: