Git Clients

12 Best Free and Open Source Graphical Git Clients

Git is an open source distributed version control system which was originally designed by Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, in 2005 for Linux kernel development. This control system is widely used by the open source community, handling small to extremely large projects with an emphasis on speed and efficiency, but maintaining flexibility, scalability, and guaranteeing data integrity.

Git is one of a number of open source revision control systems available for Linux. Other tools in this field include Subversion, Bazaar, Mercurial, Monotone, CVS, and SVN. However, Git is frequently regarded by many developers to be the finest version control tool available.

There are two Git tools that are part of the main Git repository each designed for a different job. Git-gui is a Tcl/Tk-based graphical user interface that concentrates on commit generation and single file annotation. gitk is a repository browser that is also written in Tcl/tk. Whilst these two tools, used in conjunction, offer reasonable access to the power of Git, they lack integration, and functionality that other Git clients provide.

The purpose of this article is to provide an insight into the finest free and open source GUI-based Git clients. We explore text-based Git clients in a separate roundup.

There are a large number of projects that use Git to aid their development. Notable examples include the Linux kernel, Eclipse, Wine,, Ruby on Rails, ALSA, Bacula, Drupal, FreeRADIUS, Puppet, VLC, and many more.

We make the following recommendations succinctly captured in a legendary ratings chart.

Ratings chart for best free and open source graphical Git clients

Click the links in the table below to learn all about each client.

Git Clients
Git ExtensionsRuns on multiple platforms (including Linux) using Mono
GittyupContinuation of the GitAhead clie
git-colaFeature-laden carbonated Git browser
GitAheadUnderstand your Git history with this Qt-based client
QGitGit GUI viewer built on Qt/C++
GuitarGit GUI client powered by Qt 5
gitgFast Git repository browser for the GNOME desktop
GitnuroGit client written in Kotlin
giggleGTK+ frontend to the git content tracker
GitForceC# frontend
GitemberJava-based GUI
ThermalOne stop to manage all git repository

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