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Xit is a graphical tool for working with git repositories. The overall goals are:

  • A useful graphical interface for viewing and managing your repository
  • Stability and scalability - handle large repositories well (lots of commits and lots of files)
  • A well-organized codebase to facilitate continued development

Background and current status

Xit began as a rewrite of GitX, born from a desire for a codebase that was easier to work with, thoroughly unit tested, etc. It is currently working towards 1.0 beta status, where all basic features are in place, with many more interesting features slated for the future.


The plan is to have a concrete 1.0 milestone to provide a good foundation and firm direction moving forward. Version 1.0 will simply be a starting point covering basic usage:

  • History view graph
  • Sidebar for navigating branches, remotes, tags, and stashes
  • Viewing the diff of a selected commit
  • Basic git actions: staging, committing, remote push/pull

Plenty of advancements are on the post-1.0 list, like syntax highlighting and other diff view enhancements, file history and blame views, etc.

Some other ideas that I’m looking forward to working on (and using!):

  • Interacting with git hosting services (especially GitHub): discovering forks, viewing commits online, working with pull requests
  • Interactive rebase
  • Explore more ways to navigate and visualize the repository


You should be able to build Xit as is with no special setup. If you hit any snags, please file an issue.

If you're looking for a starter task, several issues have been marked "small". These should provide a relatively easy intro to the code base.

For larger tasks, there are two options:

  • Plenty of other ideas and plans have been written down in the Issues section. Feel free to comment and contribute there.
  • Just run the app and see what bugs you!