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Top Git Clients for Developers

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by Servage

gitUsing a version control system (VCS) is one of the most valuable tools for a developer. If you code every day, you likely use Git or some other VCS daily too, or at least you should. Because Git is a big part of a developer’s daily workflow, it is good to choose your Git client wisely. So, let’s find out what are the pros and cons of some popular Git clients to find out the best one for you.

SourceTree

SourceTree is one of the most popular Git clients out there. It has a good graph tree feature to track what’s happening inside a project and all of its branches. SourceTree supports all the essential Git features such as merging and interactive rebasing.

One downside of SourceTree is that it does not have a version for Linux developers. SourceTree is only supported on Windows and Mac.

GitKraken

GitKraken is the latest addition to the growing collection of Git clients. It started as a free product while it was under development. Now that the product has reached the end of beta, it has become a paid product. However, it is still free for open source projects, startups and for personal use.

GitKraken is a Git client with a modern UI and lots of powerful features. It integrates well with GitHub and Bitbucket, allowing you to even create pull requests within the application. It also supports the popular GitFlow workflow out of the box and has a beautiful visual merge tool for solving conflicts. Many professional developers choose it as their daily Git client. GitKraken is a cross-platform program available on Windows, Mac and Linux.

IntelliJ Git Integration

If you are using any IDE from the IntelliJ product family, you already have a Git client! Even though the IDEs are not officially Git clients, their integration with Git is more than enough for many developers. Because the client is built directly to the IDE, it integrates very well with your IDE. For instance, every line you change in a file gets marked with a blue line on the left side, which allows you to quickly view what has changed in a file after the previous commit.

The Git integration supports many basic features you could expect from any Git client. These features include merging, rebasing, a visual history to who has changed what in a commit, and a full support for branches. Note that using the IntelliJ Git integration still requires you to have the Git program installed on your computer.

Terminal and Git Bash

These are the only text-based Git clients in this comparison. The advantage of using a terminal-based Git client is that they are powerful. They support every Git command that a graphical client might not be able to support. Quite often when using a graphical tool, you might end up in a tricky situation where you have to fall back to using a terminal-based client to fix an issue with your repository.

If you are looking for help with your Git repository, you will almost always find commands that you have to execute using a text-based client. These reasons make a text-based Git client a considerable choice as well.

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