When comparing Gitbox vs gitk, the Slant community recommends gitk for most people. In the question“What are the best Git clients for macOS?” gitk is ranked 14th while Gitbox is ranked 20th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Clean, minimalistic UI
The UI is clean and intuitive. The top bar displays the current branch, buttons for pushing or pulling, the target branch and a search box for searching through the history.
The main view is divided into three parts: a file tree, a section that shows the modified files with details and a section that displays information about the remote branch.
Pro Easy to use
Gitbox is very easy to use. You can push, pull and commit all with a single click.
Pro Easy to use
Pro Comes with Git
Gitk is a part of the git package, so no additional application is necessary: it is developed right alongside git itself.
Pro Visibly more compact overview output than many other options
When using gitk to scan a long list of changes, the user is able to see more of the list without pagination, as there is no huge buffer of whitespace between each entry.
Since it's pretty minimalistic and does not contain a lot of features (for example, it can't commit), it's quite fast.
Gitk is a free and open source tool. It forms part of the official git suite.
Con No diff-viewer
Diff-viewing requires an external tool.
Con Cannot commit
The user needs to use a different Git client (GUI or otherwise) to commit changes.
Con Does not automatically update
The user must press F5 to refresh the view as there is no automatic update available.