How to Install GitKraken

There are three steps to success with GitKraken. That's it!

  1. Download GitKraken
  2. Install GitKraken
  3. Use GitKraken
1. Download
2. Install
3. Use

No Git tools are required for GitKraken, so once you’ve run the installer, you can open the app and get going.

It works directly with your repositories with no dependencies—you don’t even need to have Git installed on your system. GitKraken is built with NodeGit, a Git framework that is primarily developed and maintained by members of the GitKraken development team.

Below are platform-specific details on minimum requirements and common issues when things may not go as expected.

Platforms and Requirements

Windows (.exe file)

Install Instructions

Double-click the downloaded executable file, and follow the installation instructions.

Data Location

GitKraken data is stored with your home profile in C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Roaming or %APPDATA%/.gitkraken on older versions.

Mac OS (.dmg file)

  • System requirements: Mac OS X 10.9+ (up to and including OS X El Capitan) / macOS Sierra or later
  • Download

Install Instructions

Double click the downloaded DMG file and when prompted, drag and drop the GitKraken icon to your Applications folder.

Data Location

GitKraken data is stored in /Users/{user}/.gitkraken == ~/.gitkraken.

Linux (.deb and .tar.gz files)

  • System requirements: Ubuntu 12.04 or later


GitKraken has a simple package available for Debian based distributions.

dpkg -i gitkraken-amd64.deb

Or download the file.


tar -xvzf gitkraken-amd64.tar.gz

Or download the file.

Data Location

GitKraken data is stored in /home/{user}/.gitkraken == ~/.gitkraken.

Known Issues

  1. Error with

    ./gitkraken ./gitkraken: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

     /usr/bin/dnf whatprovides
     dnf install libXScrnSaver
     dnf check-update
     dnf upgrade
  2. Extended dependencies error with glibc version

    CentOS, Fedora, RHEL: Currently GitKraken does not support these distros or have an RPM available. Our Krakens are on it!