When comparing fugitive (via vim) vs Fork, the Slant community recommends Fork for most people. In the question“What are the best Git clients for macOS?” Fork is ranked 4th while fugitive (via vim) is ranked 11th.
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Pro Great visualization and interactive workflow
The visualization and workflow are great in fugitive. You can do side-by-side or even intra-line diffs all without having to leave your text editor.
Pro Uninterrupted workflow for common tasks
Simple tasks, such as commits, can quickly be made without leaving the editor.
Pro Seamlessly "Dive into Diffs" to trace the origin & intent of code
git blame only shows the last change (e.g. a variable rename), but how do you find the origin of the code?
:GBlameto open blame window
oon the relevant line to "
git show" the commit
- select a diff line from a previous version of the file, and hit
oto open it
- repeat 1 - 3, jumping back through history to find the origin of the line
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 Free (for the moment)
The majority of work on Fork is done in the developers' spare time and, despite requests from the Fork community (who are keen to support the app), the product is still free. The developers are open about the possibility that they might make it a paid app at some point in the future, but the price is expected to be low and it will not be on a subscription basis.
Pro Overall aesthetic
The GUI components are flawless on the Mac. It is expected to be a similar experience on Windows. Once you realize that you can filter by branch, your appreciation for the product will go up dramatically.
Pro Smart Diff is very handy
Pro Merge Conflict Resolution is great
Pro Tabbed interface
Several repos can be open at once in individual tabs, so it's trivial to switch back and forth between them.
Pro Comfortable keyboard shortcuts
Con Poor documentation
The documentation is rather poor and not very helpful.
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 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.
Con Requires granting access to your git projects for the developer of the app
Con No Linux version
This git client is not compatible with Linux making the life harder for the developers that work on both, MacOS and some Linux distro.