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How to Install GitKraken Git Client

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

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

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.

Looking for GitKraken Enterprise installation instructions? Then please start in with our Enterprise System Requirements page.

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 in the .gitkraken folder.

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, .rpm, and .tar.gz files)

  • .deb system requirements: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later
  • .rpm system requirements: RHEL 7+, CentOS 7+, or Fedora 33+

Note 📝 - GitKraken currently supports Ubuntu 16.04 LTS+, RHEL 7+, CentOS 7+, and Fedora 33+. While GitKraken may be able to be installed on other Linux distributions, we cannot guarantee that it will work as expected.


GitKraken has a simple package available for Debian based distributions.

sudo dpkg -i gitkraken-amd64.deb

Or download the file.


sudo tar -xvzf gitkraken-amd64.tar.gz

Or download the file.


sudo yum install ./gitkraken-amd64.rpm

Or download the file.


Snap is an easy-to-install package for Linux distributions (supported versions above). Get it from the snap store or

Data Location

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

Run GitKraken

Upon installation, some Linux distros do not automatically create shortcuts to the app.

To run GitKraken manually, open the terminal and type gitkraken to start the app.