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GitKraken CLI

Greg Foster
Greg Foster
Graphite software engineer


This guide explains this concept in vanilla Git. For Graphite documentation, see our CLI docs.

GitKraken CLI is developed by Axosoft, the company behind the popular GitKraken Git GUI. Launched in 2021, this tool is designed to offer an enhanced terminal experience that includes the best features from their Git GUI. GitKraken CLI focuses on increasing productivity by simplifying complex Git commands and incorporating a mini-GUI right within the terminal.

  • Integrated GUI: GitKraken CLI has an in-terminal GUI that allows you to visualize branches, commits, and the status of your repository.

  • Autocomplete and Suggestions: The CLI suggests commands and even fixes them, saving developers time and reducing the risk of errors.

  • Integration with Git Services: It offers built-in integration with GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket, making it easy to perform operations like pull requests, issue tracking, and more right from the terminal.

  • Command Efficiency: Allows you to perform multiple Git commands in a single command line, making workflows faster and more efficient.

  • Price: Unlike other CLI tools, GitKraken CLI is not free and requires a GitKraken Pro, Enterprise, or Stand-Alone license.

  • Learning Curve: While designed to be intuitive, the integration of GUI elements in the terminal might take some getting used to.

As a relatively new tool, GitKraken CLI is still gaining traction. However, given the popularity of the GitKraken GUI, it has garnered interest and has been positively received by those who have tried it.

GitKraken CLI is best suited for developers who are looking for an advanced terminal experience that combines the best of CLI and GUI. It’s particularly useful for those who are already using GitKraken’s GUI tool and want a unified experience.

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