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Top Git GUI Clients

While Git command line is the standard way of interacting with Git, using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) can simplify many aspects of version control and make Git more accessible to beginners. This tutorial introduces some of the top Git GUI clients.

GitHub Desktop

GitHub Desktop is a simple, yet powerful Git GUI client. It integrates seamlessly with your GitHub repositories, allows you to commit changes, switch branches, resolve conflicts, and sync with the remote repository with just a few clicks. It's available for both Windows and macOS.


SourceTree, by Atlassian, is a free Git GUI client that simplifies interaction with Git repositories so you can focus on coding. It supports both Git and Mercurial, and provides visualization of branches and commits, making it easier to understand the history. SourceTree is available on Windows and macOS.


GitKraken is a cross-platform Git GUI client that’s known for its beautiful user interface. It supports Git flow, has built-in code editing, and integrates with popular services like GitHub, Bitbucket, and GitLab. GitKraken is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux.


Tower is a robust Git GUI client that caters more to professionals. It includes advanced features like single-line staging, submodule support, and file history search. Tower can significantly simplify complex tasks and is available for both macOS and Windows.


A Git GUI client can greatly streamline your Git workflows, whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer. Each client has its own strengths, so choose the one that best fits your needs. By knowing these top Git GUI clients, you can enhance your Git experience and productivity. In the following parts of this tutorial, we'll explore more Git tips and techniques to further refine your version control skills.