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Blazing fast terminal client for git written in Rust

Table of Contents

  1. Features
  2. Benchmarks
  3. Motivation
  4. Roadmap
  5. Limitations
  6. Installation
  7. Build
  8. Diagnostics
  9. Color Theme
  10. Key Bindings
  11. Sponsoring
  12. Inspiration

1. Features Top ▲

  • Fast and intuitive keyboard only control
  • Context based help (no need to memorize tons of hot-keys)
  • Inspect, commit, and amend changes (incl. hooks: commit-msg/post-commit)
  • Stage, unstage, revert and reset files, hunks and lines
  • Stashing (save, pop, apply, drop, and inspect)
  • Push/Fetch to/from remote
  • Branch List (create, rename, delete, checkout, remotes)
  • Browse commit log, diff committed changes
  • Scalable terminal UI layout
  • Async git API for fluid control

2. Benchmarks Top ▲

For a RustBerlin meetup presentation (slides) I compared lazygit,tig and gitui by parsing the entire Linux git repository (which contains over 900k commits):

Time Memory (GB) Binary (MB) Freezes Crashes
gitui 24 s 0.17 1.4 No No
lazygit 57 s 2.6 16 Yes Sometimes
tig 4 m 20 s 1.3 0.6 Sometimes No

3. Motivation Top ▲

I do most of my git usage in a terminal but I frequently found myself using git UIs for some use cases like: index, commit, diff, stash and log.

Over the last 2 years my go-to GUI tool for this was fork because it was snappy, free, and not bloated. Unfortunately the free part will change soon and so I decided to build a fast and simple terminal tool to help with features I use the most.

4. Road(map) to 1.0 Top ▲

These are the high level goals before calling out 1.0:

  • merging with conflicts (#485)
  • log search (commit, author, sha) (#449,#429)
  • file history log (#381)
  • more tag support (#483)
  • visualize branching structure in log tab (#81)

5. Known Limitations Top ▲

Currently, this tool does not fully substitute the git shell, however both tools work well in tandem.

gitui currently lacks essential features in git like push, pull, and checkout. The priorities are the basics (add, commit), and on features that are making me mad when done on the git shell, like stashes and hunks. Eventually, I will be able to work on features that could lead to making gitui a one stop solution to get rid of the shell entirely - but for that I need help - this is just a spare time project right now.

All support is welcomed! Sponsors as well! ❤️

6. Installation Top ▲

For the time being this product is in alpha and is not considered production ready. However, for personal use it is reasonably stable and is being used while developing itself.

Arch Linux

pacman -S gitui


sudo dnf install gitui


Available in dm9pZCAq overlay

sudo eselect repository enable dm9pZCAq
sudo emerge --sync dm9pZCAq
sudo emerge dev-vcs/gitui::dm9pZCAq

Homebrew (macOS)

brew install gitui

Scoop (Windows)

scoop install gitui

Chocolatey (Windows)

choco install gitui

Nix (Nix/NixOS)


nix-env -iA nixpkgs.gitui


nix-env -iA nixos.gitui

Release Binaries

Available for download in releases

Binaries available for:

  • Linux
  • macOS
  • Windows

7. Build Top ▲


Cargo Install

The simplest way to start playing around with gitui is to have cargo build and install it with cargo install gitui

8. Diagnostics Top ▲

To run with logging enabled run gitui -l.

This will log to:

  • macOS: $HOME/Library/Caches/gitui/gitui.log
  • Linux using XDG: $XDG_CACHE_HOME/gitui/gitui.log
  • Linux: $HOME/.cache/gitui/gitui.log
  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%/gitui/gitui.log

9. Color Theme Top ▲

gitui should automatically work on both light and dark terminal themes.

However, you can customize everything to your liking: See Themes.

10. Key Bindings Top ▲

The key bindings can be customized: See Key Config on how to set them to vim-like bindings.

11. Sponsoring Top ▲

github buy-me-a-coffee

12. Inspiration Top ▲


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