GITK(1)                          Git Manual                          GITK(1)

NAME         top

       gitk - The Git repository browser

SYNOPSIS         top

       gitk [<options>] [<revision range>] [--] [<path>...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       Displays changes in a repository or a selected set of commits. This
       includes visualizing the commit graph, showing information related to
       each commit, and the files in the trees of each revision.

OPTIONS         top

       To control which revisions to show, gitk supports most options
       applicable to the git rev-list command. It also supports a few
       options applicable to the git diff-* commands to control how the
       changes each commit introduces are shown. Finally, it supports some
       gitk-specific options.

       gitk generally only understands options with arguments in the sticked
       form (see gitcli(7)) due to limitations in the command-line parser.

   rev-list options and arguments
       This manual page describes only the most frequently used options. See
       git-rev-list(1) for a complete list.

           Show all refs (branches, tags, etc.).

       --branches[=<pattern>], --tags[=<pattern>], --remotes[=<pattern>]
           Pretend as if all the branches (tags, remote branches, resp.) are
           listed on the command line as <commit>. If <pattern> is given,
           limit refs to ones matching given shell glob. If pattern lacks ?,
           *, or [, /* at the end is implied.

           Show commits more recent than a specific date.

           Show commits older than a specific date.

           Sort commits by date when possible.

           After an attempt to merge stops with conflicts, show the commits
           on the history between two branches (i.e. the HEAD and the
           MERGE_HEAD) that modify the conflicted files and do not exist on
           all the heads being merged.

           Mark which side of a symmetric difference a commit is reachable
           from. Commits from the left side are prefixed with a < symbol and
           those from the right with a > symbol.

           When filtering history with <path>..., does not prune some
           history. (See "History simplification" in git-log(1) for a more
           detailed explanation.)

           Additional option to --full-history to remove some needless
           merges from the resulting history, as there are no selected
           commits contributing to this merge. (See "History simplification"
           in git-log(1) for a more detailed explanation.)

           When given a range of commits to display (e.g.  commit1..commit2
           or commit2 ^commit1), only display commits that exist directly on
           the ancestry chain between the commit1 and commit2, i.e. commits
           that are both descendants of commit1, and ancestors of commit2.
           (See "History simplification" in git-log(1) for a more detailed

       -L<start>,<end>:<file>, -L:<funcname>:<file>
           Trace the evolution of the line range given by "<start>,<end>"
           (or the function name regex <funcname>) within the <file>. You
           may not give any pathspec limiters. This is currently limited to
           a walk starting from a single revision, i.e., you may only give
           zero or one positive revision arguments. You can specify this
           option more than once.

           Note: gitk (unlike git-log(1)) currently only understands this
           option if you specify it "glued together" with its argument. Do
           not put a space after -L.

           <start> and <end> can take one of these forms:

           ·   number

               If <start> or <end> is a number, it specifies an absolute
               line number (lines count from 1).

           ·   /regex/

               This form will use the first line matching the given POSIX
               regex. If <start> is a regex, it will search from the end of
               the previous -L range, if any, otherwise from the start of
               file. If <start> is “^/regex/”, it will search from the start
               of file. If <end> is a regex, it will search starting at the
               line given by <start>.

           ·   +offset or -offset

               This is only valid for <end> and will specify a number of
               lines before or after the line given by <start>.

           If “:<funcname>” is given in place of <start> and <end>, it is a
           regular expression that denotes the range from the first funcname
           line that matches <funcname>, up to the next funcname line.
           “:<funcname>” searches from the end of the previous -L range, if
           any, otherwise from the start of file. “^:<funcname>” searches
           from the start of file.

       <revision range>
           Limit the revisions to show. This can be either a single revision
           meaning show from the given revision and back, or it can be a
           range in the form "<from>..<to>" to show all revisions between
           <from> and back to <to>. Note, more advanced revision selection
           can be applied. For a more complete list of ways to spell object
           names, see gitrevisions(7).

           Limit commits to the ones touching files in the given paths.
           Note, to avoid ambiguity with respect to revision names use "--"
           to separate the paths from any preceding options.

   gitk-specific options
           Command to be run each time gitk has to determine the revision
           range to show. The command is expected to print on its standard
           output a list of additional revisions to be shown, one per line.
           Use this instead of explicitly specifying a <revision range> if
           the set of commits to show may vary between refreshes.

           Select the specified commit after loading the graph. Default
           behavior is equivalent to specifying --select-commit=HEAD.

EXAMPLES         top

       gitk v2.6.12.. include/scsi drivers/scsi
           Show the changes since version v2.6.12 that changed any file in
           the include/scsi or drivers/scsi subdirectories

       gitk --since="2 weeks ago" -- gitk
           Show the changes during the last two weeks to the file gitk. The
           "--" is necessary to avoid confusion with the branch named gitk

       gitk --max-count=100 --all -- Makefile
           Show at most 100 changes made to the file Makefile. Instead of
           only looking for changes in the current branch look in all

FILES         top

       User configuration and preferences are stored at:

       ·   $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/git/gitk if it exists, otherwise

       ·   $HOME/.gitk if it exists

       If neither of the above exist then $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/git/gitk is
       created and used by default. If $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is not set it
       defaults to $HOME/.config in all cases.

HISTORY         top

       Gitk was the first graphical repository browser. It’s written in

       gitk is actually maintained as an independent project, but stable
       versions are distributed as part of the Git suite for the convenience
       of end users.

       gitk-git/ comes from Paul Mackerras’s gitk project:


SEE ALSO         top

           A repository browser written in C++ using Qt.

           A minimal repository browser and Git tool output highlighter
           written in C using Ncurses.

GIT         top

       Part of the git(1) suite

COLOPHON         top

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