Collapsible git graph

Aug 3, 2020 Dmitry Serov tag mac windows

Recent Fork updates have added the ability to expand and collapse merge commits in the commit graph by clicking on their tips or using / keyboard shortcuts.

This allows you to hide unnecessary commits, make sense of a messy contribution graph, and to only concentrate on the changes made in a certain branch.

Consider a real-life example: the Swift language source repository. It is one of the largest GitHub repositories to date, with more than 100,000 commits and 32000 closed pull requests.

Could you tell which commits make up pull request #20782 from this screenshot?

With Fork, you can collapse all merge commits and only display those you need right now. Collapse all branches using the context menu of the graph and expand the ones you’d like to keep.

Here’s how it looks when applied to the Swift repo. We can clearly see when the work on feature #20782 had begun, which commits it contained, and when it was merged into the main branch. It’s also easy to pick out what other pull requests were merged while the feature was still in progress.

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Fork for Windows 1.48

May 5, 2020 Dmitry Serov tag release notes windows

There’s been quite a few new features and improvements in Fork for Windows since our last blog post. Today, we’ll take a quick look at the most important changes that recently made it to the Windows version of Fork.

Partial stash (available in file context menu)

When there’s fairly large WIP going on in your working directory, you might want to stash it to work on something else if needed. Until now, you had to stash all changed files – but now the option to stash individual files is available in file context menu.

Merge and rebase branches using drag & drop on sidebar

Fork now allows for a more intuitive way to merge and rebase branches – drag & drop. Use the mouse to drag a branch on the sidebar into another branch, and choose whether to merge or rebase from the resulting popover.

Ability to create pull requests for GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab, Azure DevOps

Create a pull request on GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab or Azure Devops through the branch context menu.

Add ability to lock/unlock LFS files

Git LFS locking is a feature that lets developers lock files on the server, preventing their concurrent modification by multiple users of the same repository. With Fork, you can now lock and unlock files from LFS menu in file context menu, avoiding potential binary merge conflicts in LFS files.

Show output of git commands in activity manager

Sometimes it might be useful to see exactly which git commands Fork invokes and what output they produce, especially if you observe some erratic or inconsistent behaviour within your repository. For your convenience, the output of git commands is now displayed in Fork’s activity manager, with essential output in bold.

Show different branch icons according to upstream status

We added little icons to indicate the upstream status of local branches. There are different icons for branches that are

  • local only,
  • pushed upstream,
  • pushed upstream but their remote branch has been removed.
Add ‘Test connection’ button to clone and edit remote dialogs

How many times have you added a git remote, only to find out afterwards that it won’t connect? There’s no need to do that anymore – you can test your connection in the Add New Remote dialog.

Ability to Push multiple branches at once

Fork now allows to push multiple branches in one go. Select the required branches in the sidebar and push away.


There are times when debugging just won’t cut it – you have to know when and how the bug emerged. One of the ways to do this is binary search through the commit history with git bisect, which is now available in Fork. In the menubar, choose Repository → Bisect to enter bisect mode. Checkout any commit and mark it as good or bad – Fork will remember your choice and visualize your progress in the timeline.

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Quick Launch view

Oct 23, 2019 Dmitry Serov tag mac windows

One of the more recent introductions to Fork was Quick Launch view with a command palette (Ctrl+P, +P), which allows to perform frequent actions quicker. This is an extremely powerful feature and we’d like to show a few examples of its usage in this blog post.

Checkout branch

The process of checking out a certain branch by name can be streamlined by using the Checkout Branch command of Quick Launch. With only a few keystrokes to invoke the command and to specify the required branch (thanks to smart completion), checking out branches via Quick Launch is much more convenient than browsing through a lengthy branch list in the GUI.

Show file history

File History is a Quick Launch command to display the familiar report of changes in a file supplied as the command argument. You don’t have to look for the file in the commit file tree anymore – as long as you know the filename (or enough of it to trigger fuzzy search).

Quick Launch and Custom Commands

In addition to using the preinstalled commands, you can extend Quick Launch view with your own ones. You can find the Quick Launch custom command builder in Preferences.

For instance, here’s a custom branch command for Gerrit push:

We can run it as follows:

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Fork for Windows 1.38

Aug 27, 2019 Dmitry Serov tag release notes windows

We’re back with a fresh release of Fork for Windows. This post, like the one before it, will highlight the features and fixes found not only in this release, but also in several previous versions.

Without further ado, let’s review what the latest releases of Fork for Windows have to offer.

Side-by-side diff!

We’re bringing you more ways to compare your commits efficiently with side-by-side diffs. Click the latest addition in the list of diff viewing options to present a side-by-side view often found in external merge tools:

Or, press spacebar to get a quick look at the side-by-side diff:

Many of our commits include a reference to the issue tracker that we’re using. Similar to its macOS counterpart, Fork for Windows can now transform this reference into a highlighted link that leads you directly to the ticket in question.

Swipe and onion skin mode for images

You can visually compare images using 3 different modes: side-by-side, swipe, and onion skin.

Filter for branches and changed files

Sometimes there’s just too many branches on the sidebar. Fork for Windows comes to rescue with a filter to search for branches by name:

You can filter files in file lists, too:

Draw branch labels using their graph colors

In this release of Fork for Windows, branch labels in commit list are drawn using the colors of their respective branch graphs, making navigation easier.

Quick actions for Interactive Rebase

Firing up the whole interactive rebase workflow, might be a bit of an overkill if all you’re trying to do is a simple squash. As in Fork for Mac, there is now an easier way to start with interactive rebase in Fork for Windows: Quick Actions.

You can select a Quick Action for interactive rebase in the branch’s context menu.

Show avatars in commit list

As another way to streamline commit navigation, Fork for Windows will now show avatars from Gravatar for commit authors.

Add inline search to diff view (use Ctrl+F)

It might not be easy to find that exact change you’re looking for in a large diff. You can now press Ctrl+F to search for the text in question straight from the diff view.

Other changes
  • Merge button is now disabled for modified-removed confilcts (#174)
  • Japanese characters are now rendered correctly on avatars (#176)
  • Interactive rebase branch names now uses correct format (#178)
  • Ctrl+Alt+O shortcut doesn’t cause conflicts anymore (#23)
  • Don’t open all folder in the branches view (#32)
  • Fixed diff highlighting for \n (#94)
  • Tags are now visible in Repository Manager (#168)
  • External diffs now show correct line endings (#215)
  • Fixed a crash when dragging Repository tab to another Fork instance (#4)
  • Fixed New Branch button display for submodules (#225)
  • Fixed a crash when File History window is closed (#229)
  • URL font is updated for Dark mode (#243)
  • Blame window is no longer modal (#248)
  • Added support for AraxisMerge (#74)
  • Add support for opening Fork CLI from current directory (#78)
  • IR reword editor does not clear all edits on losing focus (#93)
  • Propose to checkout the local branch and faast-forward it to remote branch (#224)
  • Add confirmation dialog when hitting Esc on Interactive Rebase (#255)
  • Correctly handle files named HEAD (#284)
  • Add branch custom actions (#301)
  • Automatically resize commit columns when opening a repo (#277)
  • Fixed a crash in the beta window (#302)
  • Add inline highlighting for side-by-side diffs (#303)
  • Display cloning progress (#324)
  • Fixed Fetch shortcut issues (#340)
  • Fixed a crash when selecting text with bug tracking reference (#342)

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