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GitKraken Git Client 8.x

Behold the evolution of GitKraken! Find out what’s new, what’s fixed, or just take a trip down memory lane with a nostalgic swagger, remembering those bugs of yesterday.

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Version 8.1.0

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Autumn brings sweaters, pumpkin spice, and apple picking. It is also bringing some awesome updates to GitKraken as we release v8.1.0!

New ✨

The seasons continue to change and so does GitKraken...for the better!

  • The GitKraken Git client can now identify weak SSH keys and provide an easy way to remove and replace them. Read more on the GitKraken blog.

Improvements 🙌

It's the time of year to reap the harvest of new improvements to the GitKraken Git client.

  • GitKraken CLI:

    • GitKraken CLI users can now use reverse search as expected by typing Ctrl+R in the terminal.
    • Mac users will now see the LANG environment variable pass automatically to the shell process.
    • When selecting an auto-suggest option with the mouse, GitKraken will now refocus on the terminal prompt.
    • The GitKraken CLI now supports 256 colors.
    • Mac and Linux users will now see auto-complete suggestions for the cd command.
    • When running gk blame or gk history, users will now see suggestions when navigating from inside a repository's subdirectory after typing ../.
    • Users will now see auto-suggest options for the git gc command.
    • In addition to showing or hiding the visualization panel, users can now orient it to the top, bottom, left, or right, as well as toggle the right-side commit panel using the visualization panel toolbar.
  • The user interface for user profile settings under the [Preferences] menu has been improved.

  • Users can now open specific comments on from the comments inside GitKraken's pull request or issue views.
  • Users who are not using GitKraken Integrations will no longer be repeatedly prompted for credentials for each remote when connected to repositories with multiple remotes sharing the same hostname.

Bug Fixes 🐛

As the leaves fall, so do these bugs.

  • The overall reliability of notification delivery has been improved.
  • Auto-complete for Windows users leveraging the GitKraken CLI has been improved.
  • Windows users will no longer see a Named Pipes error when running gk commands in a terminal tab.
  • Using gk diff in the GitKraken CLI will produce properly parsed numerical SHAs.
  • When discarding a large number of files in a repository, the repo will fully load as expected.

Version 8.0.1

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

Everyone: “I am loving v8.”
GitKraken: “Let’s make the experience even better!”

Improvements 🙌

  • GitKraken users can now search for a particular tab and navigate the menu using the keyboard when using the tab dropdown menu.

Bug Fixes 🐛

  • Replaced the SSH key generation library with one that generates stronger keys. Read more on the GitKraken blog.
  • Gitflow branch folders and tag folders collapse and expand as expected when selected in the left panel in GitKraken.
  • Layout and options have been optimized in the Organization panel in GitKraken's Preference view.

Version 8.0.0

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

"It began with the forging of the Great Rings Kraken."

The true power of the Fellowship of developer collaboration is unleashed in GitKraken v8.0!

New ✨

“One tool to rule them all,
One tool to find them,
One tool to bring them all
and in the Git log bind them.”

Introducing the GitKraken CLI Preview

The GitKraken CLI adds a Git-enhanced, keyboard-driven, terminal experience to the GitKraken Git Client. Get the powerful Git visualizations GitKraken is known for—like the commit graph—in the context of a Terminal Tab. Plus auto-suggest and auto-complete for Git commands to help you drive (and learn) Git faster, with fewer mistakes.

Dive deeper into file changes with the gk commands. Use the command gk history to see File History and gk blame to see what has changed in a file or commit and who made those changes.

During the GitKraken CLI Preview we are looking for feedback to help improve this feature. Please use the Feedback form linked in the bottom right corner of your GitKraken app, or email us at

  • Users can open Terminal Tabs in a number of ways:

    • Clicking the "New Terminal Tab" button after opening a New tab in GitKraken.
    • From the "Terminal" button in the toolbar of a Repo tab (opens the current repo in a Terminal Tab).
    • From the Command Palette (Ctrl/Cmd + P).
    • When working in a Terminal Tab, you can open a new Terminal Tab with the key combination Ctrl/Cmd + T. The new Terminal Tab will open in the same working directory.
  • Auto-complete and auto-suggest make building Git commands easier than ever before in the GitKraken CLI. This feature works for users of PowerShell for Windows, ZSH and Bash for Mac/Linux.

    • Auto-complete and auto-suggest are configured for the most common Git commands, but we are continuing to build out this feature and would love feedback on which commands and parameters you want added.
    • Please be aware that other auto-complete programs could potentially cause the GitKraken CLI auto-complete to stop working. You may need to uninstall or disable those other programs to use this feature.
    • Note: If you switch shells, you'll need to set the new shell as default in your operating system settings and restart your computer for auto-complete to continue working as expected.
  • Some of the legendary Git visualizations that GitKraken is known for are also accessible within Terminal Tabs. To quickly view the commit graph, file diff, history, and blame view, simply type these commands:

    • gk panel: toggles the visualization panel on or off. You can also reposition the panel to the top, bottom, left, or right by adding those parameters to the command. For example gk panel right moves the panel to the right of the screen.
    • gk graph: shows the graph view. While this command has similar behavior to gk panel, even allowing repositioning of the graph with the same top, bottom, left, or right parameters, this command also returns to the graph if you're in a different view and has subcommands for toggling the graph columns with the keyboard.
    • gk history and gk blame: open the history or blame panel for a specified file.
    • gk diff: shows changes between commits. If no commit SHAs are provided, it will use your WIP and HEAD. If only one commit SHA is provided, it will be compared with HEAD.
    • gk --help: shows the list of available gk commands. You can also use --help on a specific gk command to see its arguments.
    • A toolbar above the panel will display the current repository name, branch, tag, and the number of changes pending to be pulled and/or pushed. Clicking this toolbar will toggle the panel on or off.
    • For Free accounts, this visualization panel will only be accessible within publicly-hosted repositories.
  • A Terminal section has been added to the Preferences menu that allows Terminal Tab customization:

    • Font choice. Changes to this setting will only apply to new Terminal Tabs.
    • Font size.
    • Enable auto-complete & auto-suggest.
    • Default the visualization panel position when opening a new panel: top, right, bottom, or left.
    • Show the visualization panel by default. This will apply only when opening new tabs.
    • Terminal theme.

The GitKraken CLI Preview is currently unavailable for Self-hosted and Stand-alone customers.

Deep Linking

"Oh, it’s quite simple. If you are a friend, you speak the password, click the link, and the doors will open."

We've added the ability to share deep links to specific remote repositories, commits, branches, and tags in GitKraken. This allows users to more easily collaborate and save time when working in issue queues or Git pull requests.

  • When shared, these links will both open and focus GitKraken to the linked repository. The links will focus GitKraken on the commit, branch, or tag specified. When specifying a branch, the latest commit of that branch will be focused.
  • The links can be found in GitKraken's context menus under Copy link to remote/commit/branch/tag.

Jira App Integration - Git Integration for Jira

"It’s the Jira ticket that’s never started that takes the longest to finish."

GitKraken now works with the Git Integration for Jira app to allow quick navigation between GitKraken and Jira when viewing commits and file diffs related to Jira issues.

  • In GitKraken, you’ll find buttons and links to open the following in Git Integration for Jira:

    • File diffs - within the file diff view and in file context menus.
    • Commits - context menu when right-clicking commits in the graph.
  • In the Git Integration for Jira, anywhere you view commits and diffs will automatically have links to open them in GitKraken.

  • To leverage GitKraken’s Git Integration for Jira integration you will need to:

    • Connect Jira Cloud Integration in GitKraken.
    • Select Jira Cloud as the Issue Tracker for a repository.
    • Select a Jira Project.
    • Install Git Integration for Jira on the same Jira Cloud instance as the Jira Project.

Improvements 🙌

"Even the smallest update can change the course of history."

  • The Fuzzy Finder is now the Command Palette!
    • We've renamed the Fuzzy Finder to the Command Palette. You can still open the command palette through the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + P, or through the new magic wand icon in the toolbar.
  • Tab navigation has been significantly improved when many tabs are open at once.
    • We have improved the tooltips to provide both tab title and repo information.
    • Tooltips will now instantly appear when hovering the entire tab, not just the title.
    • A new dropdown list has been added to the tabs bar to help with tab navigation.
  • Reopening tabs after a “close all tabs to the right”, a “reopen closed tab” will now reopen only one tab at a time, instead of all that were closed at once.
  • An option to “Quote Reply” has been added for comments in the PR view.
  • The profile menu now shows the Organization associated with the current profile.
  • A “Cancel Rebase” button has been added at the top right of the Interactive Rebase panel for easier access.
  • We have improved form, prompt, and modal keyboard navigation and submission.
  • Improved user experience for the login form.

Bug Fixes 🐛

"You (bugs) shall not pass!"

  • Styling of long branch names in the right panel has been improved.
  • Users will no longer see issues for remotes without access to a repo, as happens when users leave an organization or when forks are deleted.
  • When using the delete key to erase spaces in a URL, the cursor will behave as expected.
  • The Pull Request icon has been added back to branch labels in the graph.
  • The bottom of Diff views are no longer cut off when the file mode changes.
  • Relative paths are now allowed in hooksPath.
  • All users are now able to select a project for GitLab and GitLab-Self-Managed issues on the left panel.
  • If Sublime Text 4 is installed, it will now be detected and appear in the external editor dropdown.
  • Debouncing has been added in the left panel search. Searches will be executed when you stop typing, instead of on each letter, making it easier to find what you’re looking for.