We saw earlier how we can view the history (the DAG) and visualize it with the use of
git log. However, as the history grows, the terminal representation of the history can be a bit cumbersome to navigate. Fortunately, there are a lot of graphical tools around Git, one of them being Gitk, which works on multiple platforms (Linux, Mac, and Windows).
This recipe will show you how to get started with Gitk.
Make sure you have Gitk installed:
$ which gitk /usr/local/bin/gitk
If nothing shows up, Gitk in not installed on your system, or at least is not available on your
Change the directory to the
data-model repository from the objects and DAG examples. Make sure the master branch is checked out and pointing to
$ git checkout master && git reset --hard 34acc37
In the repository, run
gitk --all & to bring up the Gitk interface. You can also specify the commit range or branches you want similar to
git log or provide
--all to see everything:
$ gitk --all &
Gitk parses the information for every commit and the objects attached to it to provide an easy graphical information screen that shows a graph of the history, author, and timestamp for each commit. In the bottom half, the commit message and the patches for each file changed and the list of files changed by the selected commit are displayed.
Though very lightweight and fast, Gitk is a very powerful tool. There are many different context menus regarding clicking on a commit, a branch, or a tag in the history view. You can create and delete branches, revert and cherry-pick commits, diff selected commits, and much more.