#git #graph

bin+lib git-graph

Command line tool to show clear git graphs arranged for your branching model

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A command line tool to visualize Git history graphs in a comprehensible way, following different branching models.

The image below shows an example using the GitFlow branching model for a comparison between graphs generated by git-graph (far left) versus other tools and Git clients.

GitFlow was chosen for its complexity, while any other branching model is supported, including user-defined ones.

Graph comparison between tools

Decide for yourself which graph is the most comprehensible. 😎

If you want an interactive Git terminal application, see git-igitt, which is based on git-graph.


  • View structured graphs directly in the terminal
  • Pre-defined and custom branching models and coloring
  • Different styles, including ASCII-only (i.e. no "special characters")
  • Custom commit formatting, like with git log --format="..."


Pre-compiled binaries

  1. Download the latest binaries for your platform
  2. Unzip somewhere
  3. Optional: add directory git-graph to your PATH environmental variable

Using cargo

In case you have Rust installed, you can install with cargo:

cargo install git-graph


For detailed information, see the manual.

For basic usage, run the following command inside a Git repository's folder:


Note: git-graph needs to be on the PATH, or you need use the full path to git-graph:


Branching models

Run git-graph with a specific model, e.g. simple:

git-graph --model simple

Alternatively, set the model for the current repository permanently:

git-graph model simple

Get help

For the full CLI help describing all options, use:

git-graph -h
git-graph --help

For styles and commit formatting, see the manual.

Custom branching models

Branching models are configured using the files in APP_DATA/git-graph/models.

  • Windows: C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\git-graph
  • Linux: ~/.config/git-graph
  • OSX: ~/Library/Application Support/git-graph

File names of any .toml files in the models directory can be used in parameter --model, or via sub-command model. E.g., to use a branching model defined in my-model.toml, use:

git-graph --model my-model

For details on how to create your own branching models see the manual, section Custom branching models.


  • Summaries of merge commits (i.e. 1st line of message) should not be modified! git-graph needs them to categorize merged branches.
  • Supports only the primary remote repository origin.
  • Does currently not support "octopus merges" (i.e. no more than 2 parents)
  • On Windows PowerShell, piping to file output does not work properly (changes encoding), so you may want to use the default Windows console instead


Please report any issues and feature requests in the issue tracker.

Pull requests are welcome. For major changes, please open an issue first to discuss what you would like to change.


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