A better way to Git

Jix screencast

What is it?

jix is a standalone Git client for your terminal, focused on commit insertion (rather than simply browsing or inspection). In other words, it’s meant to help you manage your history and craft better commits in a simple way, without having to type any commands by hand.

It draws a lot of inspiration from tig, but also from graphical tools like `gitg` and `GitX`.

What language or framework is it written in?

Ha! Thought you'd ask.

As you can tell from the screencast, Jix is written in beautiful Lua. It uses libgit2 (via ffi) and my own fork of termbox (via luabox) under the hood.

Fun fact: I originally wrote Jix using Node.js, but it turned out to be way too slow, so I ended up rewriting it on top of Luajit. What a difference it made!

Is it open source?

It will be. :)

The code hasn't been made public yet, but you can star the repo on Github.

Windows version?

Umm... hey! Look behind you, a three headed monkey!

Windows is not my cup of tea, so initially I only plan to support macOS and Linux. However, if there's enough interest for it, I might give Windows a shot.

Where to get it?

It's not out yet, but on its way! If you want to get notified when it does, enter your email address below and I'll send you a quick note.

Who are you?

I'm Tomás Pollak, a journalist who builds digital products for a living. I live in Valdivia, Chile (on the northern tip of Patagonia, that is), I have a wife and two daughters, and I run a hosted e-commerce platform called Bootic.

This is my Github profile, if you want to check it out.

Can I get involved?

Sure you can! If you'd like to contribute somehow to the project, drop me a note any time.