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SmartGitHg is a graphical version-control client for Git, Mercurial, and Subversion. SmartGitHg is designed to wrap Git's and Mercurial's powerful commands into a slick and easy-to-use user interface and runs on Windows, OS X, and Linux. SmartGitHg is free for non-commercial use; prices start at $79 for a single-user license for commercial use.

What's New

Version 5.0.9:

Fixed Bugs:
  • Compare/others: possible internal error on text completion (Ctrl-Space)
  • GitHub: certificate error
  • Notifications popup: sometimes remains visible though having clicked the close button
  • Tree Table: possible internal related to Drag&Drop
  • Various commands: possible internal error related to Output view


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bbw7 Member IconComment+313

The MU download link downloads a small tat.gz file (4.4 kb), whereas the developer's site has a downloaded for a newer (vers. 4.5.2) and much larger (32.1 mb) dmg file.

Also noticed that the version number for a number of applications I am looking at today here at MU appears to be significantly older versions than what are available at the developers' sites. Don't know if this is just happenstance or if there is something systematic going on at MU.

This comment is primarily meant for MU, and feel free to purge it.

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Version 4.0.5

Thanks, bbw7! Thanks to you we've got it now.

Richard_browne Member IconReview+2

We recently switched to git and I am very glad to have SmartGit. V3 is more than "just a copy cat of git gui". It's easily the best gui for Windows, although there is competition on the Mac side.

Yes it's written in Java but so what? It works well and is stable. Great for those of us still learning the git command line.

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Version 3.0.6
Orefalo Member IconReview+27

Surprisingly SmartGit is not that smart.It's just a copy cat of git gui with little added value. built on top of java, it is quite stable but really doesn't help much in my daily workflow: I still need my command line interface.

It is probably the best GIT client for Windows.

However on Mac there is a much better alternative (and full featured) called SourceTree.

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Version 2.0.4

Or there is Tower, which is even better than SourceTree in my opinion.

syntevo GmbH (Developer)

Could you please retry SmartGit 3 and let us at smartgit@syntevo.com know what features you are missing? Thanks in advance.

Tempel Member IconReview+122

I'm very happy with SmartGit, just as I was for years with SmartSVN.
It has all the features one can want. It's not, like some other Git clients, a simple shell over a standard commandline interface, but adds its own smartness on top of it.

I also like the fact that I can configure viewer and comparison tools to be used for particular file types. E.g, for my REALbasic project, I can assign Arbed as the viewer, and for other text files I use BBEdit.

Just like with SmartSVN, it's always been 100% reliable and stable for me. And the developers are responsive and helpful, usually within the same day.

If I had to complain about something, it'd be the user interface sometimes not following proper Apple guidelines. Sometimes a modal window doesn't appear like one (it appears like a doc window), and similar little things. Nothing of a problem, just a sad little result of this app being in Java, and Apple's Java support lacking (i.e. shame on Apple, not on the SmartGit developers here!).

Certainly give this tool a good trial run. It works well, is well maintained, and you can't beat the free personal license.

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Version 2.0.3

Uh, little correction (I confused "private" and "personal"): It's free for non-commercial use.

Londonskater Member IconReview+37

Have been using it for quite some time and it's wonderful. I've tried GitX, Gity, Gitbox and an extended beta test of Tower (which was excellent, but bloody expensive) and SmartGit wins. The default layouts are sensible, the speed of working with it is excellent, and it's solid and stable.

Anyone who overlooks this because it's a non-cocoa client should give it another chance, you're only losing out yourself.

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Version 2.0.3
Xplicit Member IconComment+806

Check this out, new Git client: http://www.git-tower.com/

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Version 1.5.7
Ben Gold Member IconReview+51
Ben Gold

Well, I was wrong. The experimental branch of GitX has a lot of potential, but I've found that it's too buggy even just for casual use. I've switched to using SmartGit, and despite the fact that it's a non-native, java-based app, it's a very well written and well designed Git-Client.

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Version 1.5.1
Ben Gold Member IconComment+51
Ben Gold

I tried SmartGit and although I had no serious problems using it, it's still a java app and not a native client. I recommend using the experimental branch of GitX instead http://github.com/brotherbard/gitx/downloads. It works very well and it is made for mac.

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Version 1.5 beta 4
Jln Member IconComment+2

SmartGit has been my client of choice since its beta has been released and I am really happy with it, I must say. It made my first steps with Git so much easier and is powerful.

Sure, one could hope for a native cocoa app as much featured as SmartGit is but don't be fooled by the fact it is a Java application. It works fine and even looks good.

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Version 1.0.3
Jobby Member IconComment+41

Could do with some screenshots of the Mac OS X version - there's nothing here, and all the shots on the site seem to be from Windows.

Looks like a Java app, though - shame it's not native Cocoa :(

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Version 1.0.1

I've been using SmartGit for a while, and SmartSVN for years before that - besides a few tiny UI glitches caused by Java, there's no reason to fear Java, though. It works fast and very reliable. And the devs are quite quick to fix glitches in the UI if you tell them.

syntevo GmbH (Developer)

Starting with SmartGit 3 - it is now Java *and* Cocoa.

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Date 14 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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