Unlike Emacs's native version control support which strives to provide a unified interface to various version control systems, Magit only supports Git and can therefor take full advantage of its native features.
Magit supports GNU Emacs 22.1 or later; 24.1 or later is recommended.
To get started with Magit, run M-x magit-status. If you
are inside a Git repository this opens a buffer that summarizes its
status. Otherwise you are first prompted for a repository. Read the
short help for
magit-mode (C-h m in the status buffer),
make some changes to your files, stage (s), and commit
For more details consult the Magit user manual. You can read it on the web or in Emacs with C-u C-h i magit.info.
Magit also has a website.
Emacs >=24.1 includes a facility that lets you easily download and
install packages. Using
package.el is the easiest and recommended
way to install Magit and its dependencies. If you don't want use it
see the extended installation instructions in INSTALL.md
The stable Magit version is available from the Marmalade
package repository. If you want to install the development version
master branch) use the Melpa repository instead.
Please note that all packages on Melpa are built from the upstream
master branch. If you generally want stable versions but the latest
Magit use Marmalade and install Magit from Git.
package.el to use one of the package repository:
(add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa" . "http://melpa.milkbox.net/packages/") t)
(add-to-list 'package-archives '("marmalade" . "http://marmalade-repo.org/packages/") t)
For details please see the website of the package repository of your choosing.
Then install Magit (and its run-time dependencies):
M-x install-package RET magit RET
Magit's canonical source repository is hosted on Github.
To report bugs and make feature requests please use the issue tracker and Github pull requests. You may also use Magit's Google group. Before making a pull request please read CONTRIBUTING.md (weblink).