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Greg Foster
Greg Foster
Graphite software engineer


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

lazygit was created by Jesse Duffield and had its initial commit on July 1, 2018. The tool was born out of the need to simplify common Git operations and tasks right in the terminal. The project has gained considerable attention and community support in a relatively short time.

  • Terminal-based UI: lazygit offers a terminal-based user interface that is both intuitive and visually pleasing.

  • Simplified Git Commands: One of the main strengths is the simplification of various Git commands into single-keypress actions, which speeds up the development workflow.

  • Interactive Staging: You can interactively stage or unstage changes, with a view that makes it easy to select which changes to include in a commit.

  • Branch Management: lazygit offers simple and effective ways to create, checkout, and delete branches right from the interface.

  • Commit History and Logs: View and interact with commit history and logs directly in the terminal.

  • Limited Feature Set: While lazygit covers most of the essential Git commands and operations, it might lack some advanced features available in more comprehensive Git clients.

  • Terminal Restrictions: Being terminal-based, it may not provide the visual capabilities of a full-fledged GUI application, although it does a good job within its limitations.

lazygit has been well-received within the development community. Its GitHub repository has gathered over 20,000 stars, reflecting its popularity and the value it offers to developers.

lazygit is best suited for developers who spend a significant amount of time in the terminal and prefer a streamlined interface for Git operations without the overhead of a GUI or complex command sequences.

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