Browser extension that simplifies the GitHub interface and adds useful features
We use GitHub a lot and notice many annoyances we'd like to fix. So here be dragons.
Our hope is that GitHub will notice and implement some of these much-needed improvements. So if you like any of these improvements, please open a discussion on GitHub feedback or contact GitHub support about doing it.
GitHub Enterprise is also supported: How to enable it.
The GITHUB and REFINED GITHUB trademarks are owned by GitHub, Inc. and used under license.
@fregante’s open source work is supported by the community.
Makes whitespace characters visible
Adds one-click merge conflict fixers
Shows how far behind a PR head branch is + tells you its base commit
Lets you hide every event except comments or unresolved comments in issues and PRs
Lets you subscribe to opening/closing events of issues in one click.
Adds the option to wait for checks when merging a PR
Adds a button to discard all the changes to a file in a PR
Select notifications by type and status
- 🔥 Adds a build/CI status icon next to the repo’s name.
- Adds useful links to the repository navigation dropdown
- 🔥 Adds a link to the default branch on directory listings and files.
- Adds a link to swap branches in the branch compare view.
- Displays the age of the repository in the sidebar.
- In your forked repos, shows number of your open PRs to the original repo.
- Makes some buttons on repository lists more compact to make room for other features.
- Automatically disables projects and wikis when creating a repository.
- Makes conversation sidebars and repository sidebars sticky, if they fit the viewport.
- Adds a link to visit the user’s github.io website from its repo.
- In the workflows sidebar, shows an indicator that a workflow can be triggered manually, and its next scheduled time if relevant.
- Lets you delete your repos in a click, if they have no stars, issues, or PRs.
- Helps you find forks on archived repos.
- Moves the "Security" and "Insights" to the repository navigation dropdown. Also moves the "Projects", "Actions" and "Wiki" tabs if they're empty/unused.
- Adds the profile picture to the header of public repositories.
- Adds a link to create issues from anywhere in a repository.
- Shows a small avatar next to the username in conversation lists.
- 🔥 Tells you whether you're looking at the latest version of a repository, or if there are any unreleased commits.
- 🔥 Adds a link back to the PR that ran the workflow.
- Makes the tabs more compact on mobile so more of them can be seen.
- Shows whether a repo is a fork and adds the number of stars to its header.
- Adds a button to download entire folders, via https://download-directory.github.io.
- Adds a button to toggle the repo file list.
- Adds a button to edit files from the repo file list.
- Enables the File Finder keyboard shortcut (t) on entire repository.
- Shows the associated pull requests on branches for forked repositories.
- Adds a link to preview HTML files.
- Highlights the most-recently-modified items in file lists.
- Lets you see the previous version of a file in one click.
- Linkifies issue/PR references and URLs in code and conversation titles.
- Enhances the y hotkey to also copy the permalink.
- Linkifies symbolic links files.
- Alerts you if the current file is altered by an open PR.
- Reduces tabs’ size to 4 spaces instead of 8 where GitHub doesn't follow the user’s preferences.
- Adds a keyboard shortcut to deselect the current line: esc.
- Shows Markdown front matter as vertical table.
- On branch commit lists, shows the PR that touches the current branch.
- 🔥 Enables tab and shift tab for indentation in comment fields.
- Adds a button to insert collapsible content (via
- 🔥 Auto-resizes comment fields to fit their content and no longer show scroll bars.
- Lets you edit any comment with one click instead of having to open a dropdown.
- Adds a shortcut to edit your last comment: ↑. (Only works in the following comment field, if it’s empty.)
- Wraps selected text when pressing one of Markdown symbols instead of replacing it:
- Reduces the upload bar to a small button.
- Hides unnecessary comment field tooltips and toolbar items (each one has a keyboard shortcut.)
- Adds a button to
@mentiona user in conversations.
- Adds a button in the text editor to quickly insert a simplified HTML table.
- Notifies the user of unfinished comments in hidden tabs.
- Wait for the attachments to finish uploading before allowing to post a comment.
- Adds a button to delete review comments in one click when editing them.
- Disables the enter-to-submit shortcut in some commit/PR/issue title fields to avoid accidental submissions. Use ctrl enter instead.
- 🔥 Adds reaction avatars showing who reacted to a comment.
- Embeds short gists when linked in comments on their own lines.
- Adds links to browse the repository and linked files at the time of each comment.
- Adds the real name of users by their usernames.
- Shortens URLs and repo URLs to readable references like "_user/repo/.file@
- 🔥 Previews hidden comments inline.
- 🔥 Highlights the most useful comment in conversations.
- Hides reaction comments ("+1", "👍", …) (except the maintainers’) but they can still be shown.
- Limits the height of tall code blocks and quotes.
- Simplifies the UI to hide comments.
- Makes the "comment" icon in issue lists link to the latest comment of the issue.
- On long conversations where GitHub hides comments under a "N hidden items. Load more...", alt-clicking it will load up to 200 comments at once instead of 60.
- Adds shortcuts to conversations and PR file lists: j focuses the comment/file below; k focuses the comment/file above.
- Lets you open all visible conversations at once.
- Makes the conversation list’s filters toolbar sticky.
- Highlights conversations opened by you or the current repo’s collaborators.
- In conversation lists, aligns the labels to the left, below each title.
- 🔥 Changes the default sort order of conversations to
Everything you’re involved inand
Everything you subscribed tofilters in the search box dropdown.
- Adds filters for conversations in your repos and commented on by you in the global conversation search.
- 🔥 Hides empty sections (or just their "empty" label) in the conversation sidebar.
Milestonesfilters in conversation lists if they are empty.
- Adds a shortcut to toggle all similar items (minimized comments, deferred diffs, etc) at once: alt click on each button or checkbox.
- Lets you toggle between is:open/is:closed/is:merged filters in searches.
- Adds a "Bugs" tab to repos, if there are any open issues with the "bug" label.
- Replaces the "opened" time with the "updated" time on pinned issues.
- Changes the layout of pinned issues from side-by-side to a standard list.
- Adds one-click buttons to remove labels in conversations.
- Removes duplicate information in the header of issues and PRs ("User wants to merge X commits from Y into Z")
- Dims commits and PRs by bots to reduce noise.
- Adds a shortcut to cancel editing a conversation title: esc.
- Hides the update time of conversations in lists when it matches the open/closed/merged time.
- Links the "Contributor" and "Member" labels on comments to the author’s commits on the repo.
- Adds a link to jump to the latest close event of a conversation.
- Adds a link to the non-PR commit when visiting a PR commit.
- Adds Checks and Draft PR dropdown filters in PR lists.
- Shows color-coded review counts in PR lists.
- Shows the base branch in PR lists if it’s not the default branch.
- Hides inactive deployments in PRs.
- Adds duplicate commit navigation buttons at the bottom of the
- Adds comment indicators when comments are hidden in PR review.
- Shows which PRs have conflicts in PR lists.
- Adds diff stats on PR commits.
- Adds a line-through to the deleted branches in PRs.
- Mark/unmark multiple files as “Viewed” in the PR Files tab. Click on the first checkbox you want to mark/unmark and then
shift-click another one; all the files between the two checkboxes will be marked/unmarked as “Viewed”.
- 🔥 Shows the first Git tag a merged PR was included in or suggests creating a release if not yet released.
- Jumps to first non-viewed file in a pull request when clicking on the progress bar.
- Adds a link to jump to the latest changed requested comment.
- Adds a link to open the latest deployment from the header of a PR.
- Always uses unified diffs on files where split diffs aren’t useful.
- Makes it easier to distinguish draft PR in lists.
- 🔥 Uses the PR’s title as the default squash commit title and updates the PR’s title to match the commit title, if changed.
- Adds an "Update branch" button to every PR. GitHub has the same feature, but it must be manually configured with protected branches.
- Simplifies the PR review form: Approve or reject reviews faster with one-click review-type buttons.
- Adds keyboard shortcuts to cycle through PR tabs: g ← and g →, or g 1, g 2, g 3, and g 4.
- Automatically deletes the branch right after merging a PR, if possible.
- Lets you create draft pull requests and public gists in one click.
- Clears the PR merge commit message of clutter, leaving only deduplicated co-authors.
- Adds a review button to the PR sidebar, automatically focuses the review textarea, and adds a keyboard shortcut to open the review popup: v.
- Uses the first commit for a new PR’s title and description.
- Adds links to
.difffiles in commits.
- Adds links to view the raw version, the blame, and the history of files in PRs and commits.
- Adds one-click buttons to change diff style and to ignore the whitespace and a keyboard shortcut to ignore the whitespace: d w.
- Widens the
Expand diffbutton to be clickable across the screen.
- Hides diff signs since diffs are color coded already.
- Suggests limiting commit titles to 72 characters.
- Displays the corresponding tags next to commits.
- Marks merge commits in commit lists.
- When exploring blames,
Alt-clicking the “Reblame” buttons will extract the associated PR’s commits first, instead of treating the commit as a single change.
- Indicates with an icon whether files in commits and pull requests are being added or removed.
- Enables toggling file diffs by clicking on their header bar.
- Preserves current branch and path when viewing all commits by an author.
- Enables toggling commit messages by clicking on the commit box.
- Linkifies the "X files changed" text on compare pages to allow jumping to the diff.
- Adds a download count next to release assets.
- Adds a
Releasestab and a keyboard shortcut: g r.
- Adds a tags dropdown/search on tag/release pages.
- Adds a keyboard shortcut to create a new release while on the Releases page: c.
- 🔥 Adds a link to changes since last tag/release for each tag/release.
- Adds a button to convert a release to draft.
- Adds a button to view the changelog file from the releases page.
- On profiles, it shows whether the user follows you.
- Adds a link to the user’s public gists on their profile.
- Marks private organizations on your own profile.
- Adds a keyboard shortcut to visit your own profile: g m.
- Adds a link to the user’s most starred repositories.
- Hides forks and archived repos from profiles (but they can still be shown.)
- Linkifies the user location in their hovercard and profile page.
- Shows the user local time in their hovercard (based on their last commit).
- Adds a link to the issues and pulls on the user profile repository tab and global search.
- Hides other inutile newsfeed events (commits, forks, new followers).
- Automagically expands the newsfeed when you scroll down.
- Adds a button to open all your unread notifications at once.
- Adds a shortcut to select all visible notifications: a.
- Linkifies the header of each notification group (when grouped by repository).
- Stops redirecting to notification inbox from notification bar actions while holding Alt.
- Adds a link to the last page of notifications.
- 🔥 Adds possible related pages and alternatives on 404 pages.
- Adds a keyboard shortcut to open selection in new tab when navigating via j and k: shift o.
- Automatically closes dropdown menus when they’re no longer visible.
- GitHub renders
`text in backticks`in some places but not others; this features fills in where forgotten.
- Adds shortcuts to navigate through pages with pagination: ← and →.
- Lets you see how others are using the current Action in the Marketplace.
- Shows all of Refined GitHub’s new keyboard shortcuts in the help modal (? hotkey).
- Adds unobtrusive netiquette reminders.
- Warns you when creating a pull request from the default branch, as it’s an anti-pattern.
- Warns you when unchecking
Allow edits from maintainers, as it’s maintainer-hostile.
- Reminds you you’re commenting on a draft PR by changing the submit button’s label.
- Removes the file hover effect in the repo file browser.
- Removes unnecessary or redundant information from the repository sidebar.
- Linkifies branch references in "Quick PR" pages.
- Removes the autocomplete on search fields.
- Adds a menu item to embed a gist via
- Points the "View file" on PRs to the branch instead of the commit, so the Edit/Delete buttons will be enabled on the "View file" page.
- Makes labels clickable on the dashboard.
- Retries downloading images that failed downloading due to GitHub limited proxying.
- Makes some dropdowns 1-click instead of unnecessarily 2-click.
- Suggests fixing links that are wrongly shortened by GitHub.
- Linkifies the username in the edit history popup.
- Avoids creating duplicate PRs when mistakenly clicking "Create pull request" more than once.
- Moves the "Convert PR to Draft" button to the mergeability box and adds visual feedback to its confirm button.
- Prevents the merge panel from automatically opening on every page load after it’s been opened once.
- Adds keyboard shortcuts to select items in command palette using ctrl n and ctrl p (macOS only).
- Enables submission via ctrl enter on every page possible.
- Avoids content shift and by hiding duplicate information on the repository home.
GitHub took inspiration from Refined GitHub and natively implemented dozens of its features, 🎉 so they've been removed from this extension. You can also see all the past features of Refined GitHub in a single list.
We're happy to receive suggestions and contributions, but be aware this is a highly opinionated project. There's a high bar for adding features. Users will always disagree with something. That being said, we're open to discussing things.