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GitLens is an open-source extension for Visual Studio Code, created by Eric Amodio. While GitLens is generously offered to everyone free of charge, if you find it useful please consider supporting it.

GitLens supercharges the Git capabilities built into Visual Studio Code. It helps you to visualize code authorship at a glance via Git blame annotations and code lens, seamlessly navigate and explore Git repositories, gain valuable insights via powerful comparison commands, and so much more.

GitLens simply helps you understand code better. Quickly glimpse into whom, why, and when a line or code block was changed. Jump back through history to gain further insights as to how and why the code evolved. Explore the history and evolution of a codebase.

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What's new in GitLens 8

  • 8.5 JULY  2018
  • NEW Adds an all-new GitLens sidebar view to contain the GitLens, GitLens File History, and GitLens Results explorers

    The new view is enabled by default, but can easily be configured back to the existing locations via the GitLens interactive settings editor

  • NEW Adds emoji support, e.g. :smile: in commit messages will now be 😃 — closes #429
  • NEW Adds Compare with Selected and Select for Compare commands to file nodes in the GitLens, GitLens File History, and GitLens Results explorers — closes #446
  • NEW Adds tag annotations to the tag tooltips in the GitLens explorer — closes #431
  • NEW Adds Choose from Branch or Tag History... command to the quick pick menu shown by the Show File History... command ( gitlens.showQuickFileHistory) — closes #316
  • NEW Adds the Compare File with Revision... command ( gitlens.diffWithRevision) as an alternate ( alt+click) for the Compare File with Previous Revision command in the editor toolbar
  • NEW Adds Checkout Commit (via Terminal) command ( gitlens.terminalCheckoutCommit) to commit node(s) of the GitLens explorer — closes #463
  • NEW Adds a gitlens.hovers.avatars setting to specify whether to show avatar images in hovers — closes #432 thanks to PR #441 by Segev Finer
  • NEW Adds gitlens.historyExplorer.avatars setting to specify whether to show avatar images instead of status icons in the GitLens File History explorer — allows for an independent value from the other explorers
  • NEW Adds the gitlens.hovers.avatars setting to the GitLens interactive settings editor to specify whether to show avatar images in hovers
  • NEW Adds Copy Remote File Url to Clipboard (gitlens.copyRemoteFileUrlToClipboard) command — copies the remote url of the current file and line to the clipboard — closes #467
  • IMPROVED Improves performance of providing blame annotations, especially for large files (a ~33% improvement on some files)
  • IMPROVED Changes commit search by sha to jump directly to the commit (if one is found), rather than having to click through to the commit
  • IMPROVED Renames the GitLens History explorer to GitLens File History explorer for better clarity
  • IMPROVED Changes the GitLens File History explorer to always show the full file history even when reviewing revisions
  • IMPROVED Changes the behavior of and renames the Show Branches and Tags command and on the quick pick menu shown by the Compare File with Revision... command ( gitlens.diffWithRevision) to Choose from Branch or Tag History...
  • IMPROVED Changes Rebase to Commit (via Terminal) command (gitlens.terminalRebaseCommit) to apply to all commit node(s) of the GitLens explorer
  • IMPROVED Changes Reset to Commit (via Terminal) command (gitlens.terminalResetCommit) to apply to all commit node(s) of the GitLens explorer
  • IMPROVED Removes gitlens:activeIsTracked, gitlens:activeIsBlameable, gitlens:activeIsRevision, and gitlens:activeHasRemotes contexts and consolidates them into gitlens:activeFileStatus for better performance and UX
  • FIXED Fixes #436 — Copy to clipboard not working
  • FIXED Fixes #442 — GitLens File History fails if name (or path) starts with -
  • FIXED Fixes #440 — Searching for commits with an empty query yields to no results anymore
  • FIXED Fixes #444 — GitLens custom viewlet icon slightly larger than standard
  • FIXED Fixes #437 — Remove --first-parent from git commands to show file history from merged in
  • FIXED Fixes #252 — Cannot read property 'push' of undefined
  • FIXED Fixes #451 — "apply Changes" has discarded all my changes
  • FIXED Fixes #449 — Stop hiding explorers by default when in Zen mode
  • FIXED Fixes #454 — Search for string returns merge commits (unlike raw `git log -S`)
  • FIXED Fixes #462 — Source Control shortcut on macOS (⌃⇧G) shouldn't be overridden
  • FIXED Fixes #457 — Displays the wrong username (You) — thanks to PR #460 by Zyck
  • FIXED Fixes #459 — File blame annotation text overflow with letter spacing setting
  • FIXED Fixes #471 — Don't use Ctrl+Alt+[character] as a shortcut
  • FIXED Fixes #478suppressShowKeyBindingsNotice gets saved even when it is not required
  • FIXED Fixes #468 — Commit history for detached HEAD doesn't work properly
  • FIXED Fixes issues with GitLens Welcome and the interactive settings editor with light themes
  • FIXED Fixes issue where commands in the editor toolbar would flash unnecessarily when navigating history or switching tabs
  • FIXED Fixes issue where the Compare File with Previous Revision command wouldn't work properly when the file had been renamed in some cases
  • FIXED Fixes issue where the Compare File with Next Revision command wouldn't work properly when the file had been renamed in some cases
  • FIXED Fixes issue where changed files count was wrong when the branch was behind the upstream
  • FIXED Fixes issue where the GitLens File History explorer wasn't being updated automatically for working changes
  • FIXED Fixes issue where the Compare File with * Revision commands in the editor toolbar would show and hide too often because of insignificant focus changes
  • FIXED Fixes issue where the scope box would be empty when there was no workspace open in the interactive settings editor
  • FIXED Fixes issue where GitLens saves a couple settings with default values into user settings (rather than just removing the setting)
  • FIXED Fixes issue showing changes with untracked stashed files
  • FIXED Fixes issue showing changes with working file when the file has been renamed
  • 8.4 JUNE  2018
  • NEW Adds completely revamped heatmap annotations

    The indicator's color, now customizable, will either be hot or cold based on the age of the most recent change (cold after 90 days by default) — closes #419

    Cold Heatmap

    The indicator's brightness ranges from bright (newer) to dim (older) based on the relative age, which is calculated from the median age of all the changes in the file

  • NEW Adds new branch history node under the Repository Status node in the GitLens explorer
  • NEW Adds GitLab and Visual Studio Team Services icons to the remote nodes in the GitLens explorer — thanks to PR #421 by Maxim Pekurin
  • NEW Adds gitlens.heatmap.ageThreshold setting to specify the age of the most recent change (in days) after which the gutter heatmap annotations will be cold rather than hot (i.e. will use gitlens.heatmap.coldColor instead of gitlens.heatmap.hotColor)
  • NEW Adds gitlens.heatmap.coldColor setting to specify the base color of the gutter heatmap annotations when the most recent change is older (cold) than the gitlens.heatmap.ageThreshold setting
  • NEW Adds gitlens.heatmap.hotColor setting to specify the base color of the gutter heatmap annotations when the most recent change is newer (hot) than the gitlens.heatmap.ageThreshold setting
  • FIXED Fixes #400 — GitLens logging to debug console when debugging different extension
  • FIXED Fixes #409 — Literal $(ellipsis) inserted into commit QuickPick menu entry placeholder text
  • FIXED Fixes #415 — Branch names get mangled by color escapes — thanks to PR #416 by Roy Ivy III
  • FIXED Fixes issue with insiders builds because of the new SymbolInformation API changes (see Microsoft/vscode#34968)
  • 8.3 MAY  2018
  • NEW Adds the ability to control where the GitLens, GitLens File History, and GitLens Results explorers are shown 🎉 — closes #213, #377
  • NEW Adds user-defined modes for quickly toggling between sets of settings
    Mode Switch
  • NEW Adds Switch Mode command ( gitlens.switchMode) to quickly switch the active GitLens mode
  • NEW Adds Toggle Zen Mode command ( gitlens.toggleZenMode) to toggle Zen mode which disables many visual features
  • NEW Adds Toggle Review Mode command ( gitlens.toggleReviewMode) to toggle Review mode which enables many visual features
  • NEW Adds modes settings ( gitlens.mode.*) to the interactive settings editor
    Mode Settings
  • NEW Adds an icon for the Compare File with Previous Revision command ( gitlens.diffWithPrevious) and moves it into the editor toolbar
  • NEW Adds an icon for the Compare File with Next Revision command ( gitlens.diffWithNext) and moves it into the editor toolbar
  • NEW Adds menu settings ( gitlens.menus.*) to the interactive settings editor
    Menu Settings
  • NEW Adds a display mode dropdown at the top of the interactive settings editor to reduce complexity
    Settings Mode
  • NEW Adds (re-adds) support for handling single files — closes #321
  • NEW Adds a tree layout option to tags in the GitLens explorer — closes #358
  • NEW Adds Show GitLens Explorer command ( gitlens.showGitExplorer) — shows/expands the GitLens explorer
  • NEW Adds Show File History Explorer command ( gitlens.showHistoryExplorer) — shows/expands the GitLens File History explorer
  • NEW Adds Show Results Explorer command ( gitlens.showResultsExplorer) — shows/expands the GitLens Results explorer
  • NEW Adds Close Repository command ( gitlens.explorers.closeRepository) to repository and repository status nodes in the GitLens explorer — closes (hides) the repository in the GitLens explorer
  • NEW Adds clipboard support for Linux without requiring any external dependencies — thanks to PR #394 by Cédric Malard
  • NEW Adds a select branch quick pick menu to the Open File in Remote command ( gitlens.openFileInRemote) when the current branch has no upstream tracking branch — closes #209
  • IMPROVED Showing results in the GitLens Results explorer now properly shows the explorer first
  • IMPROVED Renames Compare Line Revision with Previous command to Compare Commit with Previous for better consistency with other commands
  • IMPROVED Renames Compare Line Revision with Working File command to Compare Commit with Working File for better consistency with other commands
  • IMPROVED Renames Show Commit File Details command to Show Commit Details for better consistency with other commands
  • IMPROVED Reworks GitLens menu contributions and configuration — see menu settings above
  • IMPROVED Renames the gitlens.advanced.menus setting to gitlens.menus
  • IMPROVED Uses the new Webview API for better interactions and behavior with the interactive settings editor and welcome page
  • IMPROVED Moves the Open Working File command ( gitlens.openWorkingFile) to the right of the Compare File with * Revision commands in the editor toolbar
  • FIXED Fixes #366 — Running a GitLens command from a keybinding fails
  • FIXED Fixes #155 — Navigating file diffs with alt+, gets stuck
  • FIXED Fixes #359 — Show changes of an added file in the first commit
  • FIXED Fixes #372 — Wrong URL to VSTS work item when using hash work item id in commit
  • FIXED Fixes #362 — Too many code lenses in postcss files
  • FIXED Fixes #381 — Can't stash single files with older versions of Git
  • FIXED Fixes #384 — Absolute dates not always honored in GitLens Results explorer
  • FIXED Fixes #385 — Wrong git command to delete remote branch
  • FIXED Fixes #400 — Reset TO commit also resets chosen one
  • FIXED Fixes #399 — "Open x in Remote" commands aren't always available
  • FIXED Fixes #397 — Error while opening the gitlens view using Open View command
  • FIXED Fixes #391 — GitLens adds some settings in settings.json
  • FIXED Fixes #343 — Can't show blame when VSCode starts on branch without upstream — thanks to PR #390 by ryenus
  • FIXED Fixes #392 — unable to contribute if default script shell is sh — thanks to PR #393 by Cédric Malard
  • FIXED Fixes more instances of #295 and #318 — Any error encountered during the search for repositories could cause GitLens to die
  • FIXED Fixes issue with the chorded keyboard shortcut for the Compare File with Previous Revision command ( gitlens.diffWithPreviousInDiff) — from #395
  • FIXED Fixes bronze typo thanks to PR #361 by Cory Forsyth
  • FIXED Fixes individually typo thanks to PR #364 by Brett Cannon
  • FIXED Fixes issue where comparing previous revision during a merge/rebase conflict failed to show the correct contents
  • FIXED Fixes issue with the current line blame toggle not working when current line blame starts disabled
  • FIXED Fixes various issues when not on a branch
  • FIXED Fixes many issues where commands wouldn't work if the active file wasn't part of an open repository — now GitLens will try to find the best repository otherwise it will open a repository quick pick menu if there is more than one
  • FIXED Fixes the Open Working File command ( gitlens.openWorkingFile) not always showing in the editor toolbar when appropriate
  • 8.2 APRIL  2018
  • NEW Adds new stand-alone GitLens File History explorer to visualize the history of the current file — undocked version of the GitLens explorer history view
    GitLens File History explorer
  • NEW Adds richer tooltips to the GitLens and GitLens Results explorers, and richer working tree and upstream status to the GitLens explorer
    Richer tooltips and working tree and upstream status
  • NEW Adds an indicator to the GitLens explorer's branch history to mark the synchronization point between the local and remote branch (if available)
    Branch upstream indicator
  • NEW Adds ability to easily switch between relative and absolute dates via the gitlens.defaultDateStyle settings — closes #312
    General settings
  • NEW Adds annotation format settings ( gitlens.*.format) to the interactive settings editor
    Annotation format settings
  • NEW Adds new gitlens.currentLine.scrollable setting to specify whether the current line blame annotation can be scrolled into view when it is outside the viewport — closes #149, #290, #265
    Allow scrolling to annotation setting
  • NEW Adds gitlens.statusBar.reduceFlicker setting to the interactive settings editor
    Reduce status bar flashing setting
  • FIXED Fixes #314 — Toggle line annotation doesn't work properly
  • FIXED Fixes #310 — "via Terminal" commands need quoting around work directory
  • FIXED Fixes issues with the active repository in the GitLens explorer failed to update properly
  • FIXED Fixes issues with Open File, Open Revision, and Show File History commands and images and other binary files
  • FIXED Fixes issues preventing nodes in the GitLens explorer from expanding properly in certain cases
  • FIXED Fixes issues when refreshing nodes in the GitLens Results explorer
  • 8.1 MARCH  2018
  • NEW Adds automatic issue linking to Bitbucket, GitHub, GitLab, and Visual Studio Team Services for commit messages in hovers
    Issue linking in commit messages
  • NEW Adds support to toggle annotations for each file individually or for all files at once — closes #289
    Annotations toggle setting
  • NEW Adds icons to remotes in the GitLens explorer based on the remote service provider
  • NEW Adds multi-cursor support to current line annotations — closes #291
  • IMPROVED Renames Compare Selected Ancestor with Working Tree command to Compare Ancestry with Working Tree and removes the need to select a branch first, since all compares are performed with the working tree — closes #279
  • FIXED Fixes #294 — Keyboard shortcuts will now default to chorded to avoid conflicts. Only affects new installs or if you remove the gitlens.keymap setting
  • 8.0 FEBRUARY  2018
  • NEW Brand new welcome experience
    Welcome page
  • NEW Brand new interactive settings editor — GitLens is easier than ever to customize to suit your needs
    Interactive settings editor
  • NEW Adds a tree layout option to branches in the GitLens explorer — thanks to Yukai Huang!
  • IMPROVED Reworked settings — clearer, simpler settings
  • FIXED Previous settings will now be migrated properly — sorry everyone 😢

GitLens Features

GitLens simply helps you understand code better. Quickly glimpse into whom, why, and when a line or code block was changed. Jump back through history to gain further insights as to how and why the code evolved. Explore the history and evolution of a codebase. Dive right in and see how GitLens can help!

Here are just some of the features that GitLens provides,

  • a GitLens explorer to navigate and explore repositories
  • a GitLens File History explorer to navigate and explore file histories
  • an on-demand GitLens Results explorer to navigate and explore commits, histories, and searches, or visualize comparisons between branches, tags, commits, and more
  • authorship code lens showing the most recent commit and # of authors to the top of files and/or on code blocks
  • an unobtrusive current line blame annotation at the end of the line
  • on-demand gutter blame annotations, including a heatmap, for the whole file
  • on-demand gutter heatmap annotations to show how recently lines were changed, relative to all the other changes in the file and to now (hot vs. cold)
  • detailed blame information accessible via hovers
  • on-demand recent changes annotations to highlight lines changed by the most recent commit
  • a status bar blame annotation showing author and date for the current line
  • commit search — by message, author, filename, commit id, or code changes
  • many powerful commands for exploring commits and histories, comparing and navigating revisions, stash access, repository status, etc
  • and so much more

GitLens is powerful, feature rich, and highly customizable to meet your specific needs — find code lens intrusive or the current line blame annotation distracting — no problem, it is quick and easy to turn them off or change how they behave via the built-in settings editor , an interactive editor covering many of GitLens' powerful settings. While for more advanced customizations, refer to the GitLens settings docs and edit your user settings.

About GitLens

GitLens started back in mid-2016, when I fell in love with Visual Studio Code and wanted to play with the newly released extension support. It was also a good excuse for me to improve my budding TypeScript skills. It all started with a simple question — could I add code lens showing Git insights to any document.

Since then, GitLens has quickly grown from a prototype to a full-fledged product with a mission of its own — make developers lives easier. GitLens strives to simply help you understand code better.

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