When comparing git-cola vs Fork, the Slant community recommends Fork for most people. In the question“What are the best Git clients for Windows?” Fork is ranked 3rd while git-cola is ranked 19th.
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Pro Free software
This application is FOSS, and thus it can be freely modified & distributed.
Works on Linux, Mac and Windows.
Pro Full unicode support
Pro Minimalist interface
Pro Available in Homebrew
Can be easily installed through homebrew by running
brew install git-cola.
Pro Fast and easy to use
Pro Dark theme support
Pro Comfortable when staging line-by-line changes
This feature is superior to the one that is implemented by SourceTree as it does not reset the file scroll view to the top of the file after each stage.
If you do feature-specific commits after some time of development - it's very important to be able to easily compose the commit from different line-based changes.
Pro Highlights the difference within a line
Pro Comfortable keyboard shortcuts
Pro Merge Conflict Resolution is great
Pro Smart Diff is very handy
Con Limited feature set
You sometimes need to touch the terminal in order to get certain things done.
Con Hard to see which repos have uncommitted changes at a glance.
Have to click the repo names one by one to see the uncommitted changes. Remember Sourcetree Mac client having an indicator showing the number of uncommited changes.
Con Still a young client, thus so not as feature rich
This git GUI client is quite young compared to industry old-timers like git-tower 2 or SourceTree. So it's not as feature rich as you'd like. Still a very capable client for a simple day-to-day work.