Created: 2008-11-14 04:01
Updated: 2016-09-22 18:46
License: other



nitgit is a Git history browser. It was inspired by Gitnub. I started nitgit mainly because there was one thing I thought was missing from these types of tools: the ability to de-emphasize or hide merge commits.

I've talked to many people who use git rebase in some form or another as a way to avoid seeing these commits in their history. In addition to being potentially harmful, rebasing in this manner strikes me as simply an unecessary added complexity and a hacky workaround for insufficient tools. I like the notion of push, pull, period. All repos are created equal, and all that.

Here is a word of warning about git rebase from

But wait, don’t get trigger happy with ‘git rebase’. You should repeat after me, “never use git rebase on repositories with more than one user, or repositories that I have published to the world”. Why? Well, the “git rebase” manpage says why, “When you rebase a branch, you are changing its history in a way that will cause problems for anyone who already has a copy of the branch in their repository and tries to pull updates from you.” So “git rebase” should only, and I mean only, be used in situations where you maintain a private branch of a project, you never share it in any way, (except to submit patches to upstream). If you are working with a team on maintaining a branch, or want to post this branch online for others to pull, you do not want to use git-rebase!

So you should only use git rebase when you are working on your private rails2.0 migration branch that you want to keep up-to-date with your ‘master’ branch changes, as long as you aren’t publishing this rails2.0 branch. When you are ready to publish that branch, you would merge it into your master branch, and then publish that.

The git rebase man page also has some word of warning around the same idea.

Initially I set out to extend Gitnub, but I found learning the fundamentals of XCode's interface builder and RubyCocoa more difficult than I'd hoped. Shoes to the rescue!


  • Merge commits are de-emphasized by default. You can optionally hide them all together. This setting should persis per repository for later sessions.
  • Clicking a commits id will copy it to your clipboard for sharing with others.

Coming in the future:

  • Clicking an author's name will open your default email client with a message addressed to the author.


WTFPL. See the LICENSE file.


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