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Tower is a powerful Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git.

Learning Git with Tower. Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag and drop, and mistakes can be undone easily.

Using Tower as an Expert. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history.

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What's New

Version 2.0.1:
  • Fixed an issue where "xcode-select" needs to be executed before using the Git binary
  • Fixed an issue with auto-stashing when there was nothing to stash
  • Fixed an issue where "History" did not show all branches, remotes, tags

Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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I bought Tower back in Aug. 2012. So after a little over a year with it, here's my take:

Tower sets itself above the rest by making Git more accessible to mere mortals without abstracting away Git's powerful features.

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3 people found this review helpful
Version 1.5.0
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from Londonskater

A good app, but average. I personally bought four licences for my staff and we use it frequently.

But, it lacks features. And parts of the UI are ambiguous and the repository management is non-existent. Once you have a lot of repos to more...

5 people found this review helpful
Version 1.4.15
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MarcelT Member IconReview+5
MarcelT
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I am a user from (appr.) day one.
I have always been a big fan of Tower although I did not like all decisions made by the developers.
With version 2 I am really really happy.
Not much to wish for anymore :)

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Version 2.0.1
macpayne Member IconReview+18
macpayne
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I like the latest 2.0 version. The UI / UX has significant improvement. It also allows you to manage your github,bitbucket and beanstalk accounts easily

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Version 2.0.1
brandt Member IconReview+3
brandt
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I bought Tower back in Aug. 2012. So after a little over a year with it, here's my take:

Tower sets itself above the rest by making Git more accessible to mere mortals without abstracting away Git's powerful features.

# For new users:

Tower helps take some of the edge off Git's steep learning curve by providing a clean GUI that faithfully represents what Git is actually doing under-the-hood. So as you use Tower, you learn Git.

# For more advanced users:

If you're already proficient in Git, you're probably looking for a tool that helps you efficiently navigate a source tree and its history.

Having used GitX, Github for Mac, and SourceTree, I'd say Tower provides the best "situational awareness" while digging through a repo.

It also takes some of the pain out of dealing with submodules.

# Criticism

The only UX quirks I've come across are:
- Branching off of HEAD could be a little easier (e.g. a button in the title bar).
- It'd be nice to have a character count on the commit message title for those of us who try to keep it under 50 characters.

Fournova seems very responsive to user feedback, so I'll send those in as feature requests.

# Verdict

Even with all the great free Git GUIs out there, getting Tower was worth it. It's just that good.

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Version 1.5.0
signalprocessor Member IconReview+24
signalprocessor
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Tower is my favorite git client for the Mac, aside from the command line. It's still not perfect, but has replaced the need for GitHub for my development team- everything we need is supplied by Tower, replacing some of the nice features GitHub offered. (Tower is by no means a replacement for GitHub, it just happened to cover our needs.)

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Version 1.4.18
NiravBhatt Member IconReview+8
NiravBhatt
+3

Pretty decent. I find it does not work very well on large repositories though as it becomes unresponsive. To be fair, I have not found an alternative that does work really well on large repositories.

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Version 1.4.16
mscott
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Have you tried Atlassian's SourceTree? It's FREE and actively being developed. My entire development team uses it daily (on pre-release OSes no less) and it has been extremely stable and very useful. I can't see anything Tower is offering over SourceTree that can justify $60.

Londonskater Member IconReview+37
Londonskater
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A good app, but average. I personally bought four licences for my staff and we use it frequently.

But, it lacks features. And parts of the UI are ambiguous and the repository management is non-existent. Once you have a lot of repos to manage, it's a mess.

And it's far from stable, there are lockup and crashes and stalls that plague it from time to time. The company are very responsive, to be fair, but in light of the FREE SourceTree which supports git-flow, and Mercurial, and really exposes the advanced features of Git, it's a no brainer. Use SourceTree. Tower is good, but they REALLY need to boost it past SourceTree to make it worth buying.

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Version 1.4.15
Evilinstone Member IconComment+46
Evilinstone
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What about app in Mac App Store?

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Version 1.4.10
Xplicit
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CrapStore you mean?

Manis Member IconReview+13
Manis
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Just compiled it for my G5. Runs unexpectedly good, except that Preferences don't open.

If you want to do so too:
- Compile git from source
- Place it in Tower.app/Contents/Resources/git

I don't understand why they don't offer PowerPC support out of the box, to be honest.

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Version 1.4.9
ltcdrdata
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The last PowerMac came out in 2003, the last PowerBook in 2005, that's 9/7 years ago... That's the reason... I'm actually really surprised they still support PowerPC.

Manis
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That's absolutely wrong.
The last Power Mac was replaced by the Mac Pro in August 2006.
The PowerBooks in April 2006.

Thats 6 years!
And even if, who cares? Those machines are still very fast devices. I see no reason to replace them.

brandt
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Rather than replacing the copy of Git inside Tower, you can probably just point Tower to wherever your PPC-compatible `git` binary is:

The command is:

defaults write com.fournova.Tower PathToGitBinary "/usr/local/bin/git"

Change "/usr/local/bin/git" to wherever your `git` binary is installed, if not there.

Then Tower should use whatever you've pointed it to. FYI: Tower 1.5.0 uses Git 1.8.2 by default.

As for why apps are dropping PowerPC support...

I'm not the developer of Tower, so I'm speaking generally:

Most devs want to get their apps into as many people's hands as possible, but it's getting trickier to support PowerPC because it's getting harder to find PPC-based devices to test your code on.

Lately I've seen a lot of projects looking for PPC hardware just so that they can continue to support it. For instance, the MPlayer, VLC, and FreeBSD projects all have open requests.

Xplicit Member IconReview+806
Xplicit
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This is definitely the best git frontend. Switching repositories quickly, creating new or cloning remote ones all that is no hassle anymore. And there are many more features. The interface is quite good, sometimes it could be a bit more intuitive though.
Ok, Tower is a little pricey but since it saves so much time it's well worth it.

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Version 1.4.3
Teksestro Member IconReview+76
Teksestro
+4

Wonderful app - good interface, stable, and feature-full. I have to agree with the other posters, however, that the pricing makes it a deal breaker for me. Compare with GitBox (currently $20), and SourceTree (currently FREE), and the $60 tag seems to be out-of-touch with the market.

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Version 1.2.7
Smilingbird
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In fact, Gitbox is currently only $9.99 -- there's a promotion going on. I guess I'm going to buy it myself...

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Version 1.5.1
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Version 1.5.0
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