Git Extensions

So many git clients, so many preferences, here's mine: Git Extensions.

In my previous articles I've been pretty clear that I like to have options.. and today's tip, Git Extensions, has all the options, and then some! 

I've been using Git Extensions for over a decade now and I've tried many other "modern" git clients, but they all end up missing that one little thing that's just built in to Git Extensions, so I keep coming back to it. It's not a pretty app but it's super functional. 

If you've never used Git Extensions before, I'd recommend to change one setting when you first start it and that is to sort revisions by topology instead of the default sorting. This makes the revisions tree essentially "flat". Maybe it's just me, but I can't seem to read trees when they get to more than 2 indentations deep and with loads of lines connecting and crisscrossing around.

Git Extensions settings screen, highlighting the "Sort by topology" option

I love that there's a console built into Git Extensions, I often drop in a command instead of using the GUI, because commands are faster. I also really enjoy that any actions you take in the GUI show you exactly what command is running in the background, it's a good way to learn the git command options.

Screenshot of the pull dialog showing the detailed "git fetch" command that is running

As an additional bonus tip here, I think Git Fork is a really, really good alternative and it also looks a lot prettier. I just find myself utterly unable to use the merge conflict resolver in Git Fork though (of course I have Beyond Compare set up as the conflict resolver for Git Extensions).

Sebastiaan Janssen
Sebastiaan Janssen