I've installed git-gui tool via sudo apt-get install git-gui. But how do I start it? Trying with search or git-gui command did not find and UI tool for Git.

  • Shouldn't git already have git-gui built in? It says so at git-scm.com/downloads/guis – faizal Jul 13 '14 at 14:48
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    @faizal: It really depends on how the debian maintainers decided to package git, take a look at the list of binary packages created from the git source package – Sylvain Pineau Jul 13 '14 at 15:53
  • @SylvainPineau ahh that makes sense. I guess installing git-all would have installed git-gui along with all the other packages related to git. – faizal Jul 13 '14 at 16:24
  • I usually start Git Gui via gitk, there is a menu option under File->Start Git Gui. Nice and seamless integration of two graphical Git tools on Linux. – Matt Nov 17 '20 at 17:45

Type git citool to start git-gui.

If it gives the error: git: 'citool' is not a git command, just install the following package: git-gui

sudo apt-get install git-gui
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    this gives me the error : git: 'citool' is not a git command. – faizal Jul 13 '14 at 14:49
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    Just install the following package: git-gui, sudo apt-get install git-gui – Sylvain Pineau Jul 13 '14 at 15:50
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    git gui works for me. – Ciro Santilli TRUMP BAN IS BAD Mar 12 '15 at 14:29
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    This gave me error git: 'citool' is not a git command. See 'git --help'. – Luzan Baral May 8 '15 at 9:40
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    @LuzanBaral: Please install the following packages: sudo apt-get install git-gui gitk – Sylvain Pineau May 8 '15 at 10:04


git gui

should work. Without dash.

  • There are already two answers above with working solutions. Yours provides nothing new. – TheWanderer Oct 27 '15 at 1:16
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    Both of those use citool, which was not asked in the original question. He/She was trying to start it with git-gui instead of git gui. – augre Oct 27 '15 at 21:34
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    The top answer gave an answer, not actually the best answer to the question and it was accepted by the OP. That is how I would put it. – augre Oct 29 '15 at 1:04
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    Although more explanation about this answer is desirable- this answer is valid and it does add something new. – Sepero Oct 29 '15 at 13:21
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    If that doesn't work, run sudo apt-get install git-gui first. apt-get install git does not install git gui. – wisbucky Oct 13 '17 at 22:03

In terminal type :

git gui citool

Make one commit and return to the shell when it is complete. This command returns a non-zero exit code if the window was closed in any way other than by making a commit.

 git gui citool --amend

Automatically enter the Amend Last Commit mode of the interface.

git gui citool --nocommit

Behave as normal citool, but instead of making a commit simply terminate with a zero exit code. It still checks that the index does not contain any unmerged entries, so you can use it as a GUI version of git-mergetool.

Reference Site

  • The reference site says git gui is actually maintained as an independent project, but stable versions are distributed as part of the Git suite for the convenience of end users. So is it really required to install git-gui or should i get it automatically inside git? I have done apt-get install git on my Ubuntu, but the git gui citool does not run. I get the error git: 'gui' is not a git command. – faizal Jul 13 '14 at 14:52
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    u need to install git-gui, use sudo apt-get install git-gui and then just enter command git gui, everything will work fine. – shruti May 12 '15 at 9:21

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