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Hands on with Three Git TUI Clients

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If you are not accustomed to typing git commands on the command line, there are also some TUI clients for easing the use of git.


lazygit is a git tui client written in go. To install it on Linux:


mkdir -p $HOME/tools/lazygit
tar --directory=$HOME/tools/lazygit -xvf lazygit_0.28.2_Linux_x86_64.tar.gz

Add it to PATH:

export PATH=$HOME/tools/lazygit:$PATH

Lazygit comes with rich features and extensive key bindings.


gitui is a similar git tui written in rust, which boasts excellent performance against other git tui clients. Install it on Linux:

mkdir -p $HOME/local/bin
tar --directory=$HOME/local/bin -xvf gitui-linux-musl.tar.gz

export PATH=$HOME/loca/bin:$PATH

gitui also has rich features. One issue to note is that it does not support using j and k to select next and previous item, which is a bit clusmy for Vim users like me.


tig is tiny tools written in C, which provides a git tui with basic features. We can install it from source:

tar xvf tig-2.5.4.tar.gz
cd tig-2.5.4
./configure --prefix=$HOME/local
make -j 8 && make install

tig will be installed under $HOME/local/bin.

Tig is tiny and quite powerful and suitable for simple use cases.


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