TortoiseGit

TortoiseGit 2.7

Free
Access Git repositories and manage the source code via the Windows context menu
4.0  (9 votes)
2.7 (See all)

The purpose of Git is to manage a project, or a set of files, as they change over time. Git stores this information in a data structure called a repository. TortoiseGit is an open source Git control client, that was built to provide the tools to better manage the source code. It isn't integrated into a specific IDE, so the only way to interact with the program is by using the context menu of the Windows Explorer.

Like I mentioned earlier, the program commands are available directly from Windows Explorer and are personalized for every specific action, so it will only display commands that are available for the selected file or folder.

It has a powerful commit dialog that automatically offers suggestions for paths or keywords, special text formatting characters, and a built-in spell checker. Moreover, this Git client comes with an integrated web-based bug tracking system and other helpful tools, such as GitMerge - for resolving conflicts, or showing changes made to files - or GitBlame, which shows blames of files.

In conclusion, TortoiseGit is a decent Git client, is available in various languages and it impresses through its stability. The only downsides I encountered are an issue with the overriding git status file icons by the cloud provider and the poorly integrated selection of files in a subdirectory.

John Saunders
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Review summary

Pros

  • Provides great stability
  • Has a GitBlame feature which shows blames of files
  • Offers personalized commands for every specific action
  • Has many available languages

Cons

  • The cloud sometimes overrides git status files icons
  • Has a poorly integrated selection of subdirectory files
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