Fork for Windows 1.17

Jun 11, 2018 Dmitry Serov tag release notes windows

We have just released Fork for Windows 1.17, bringing many new features and improvements in terms of usability and general development productivity. This release is another step in our endeavour to make Fork the best git GUI client available on Windows – and here’s our overview of the latest changes to make this possible.

Git Flow

Git Flow is a well established workflow for git repositories made popular by a post by Vincent Driessen. Support for Git Flow operations in Fork 1.17 streamlines the development process by introducing a set of context menu items for common Git Flow actions.

Initialize Git Flow in your repo using the Repository application menu. You will then be able to choose custom branch name prefixes if needed:

Creating and finishing features, releases and hotfixes is available via the commit or branch context menu.

File History

Modern IDEs allow you to display the whole history of changes in a file. This feature is now present in Fork for Windows as well – right-click a file and select Show File History to see all of the related commits and their changes on the chosen file.

Search field in Open Quickly dialog

In this release, Open Quickly dialog just got better with the introduction of an integrated search field. Swiftly navigate across your recent repositories by typing a few letters in the search field and pressing Enter.

Filename above code editor controls

Many users have asked for a way to indicate which file is currently shown in commit changes tab. In Fork 1.17, the file’s icon and name can be found right above the editor.

More options in the file context menu

A handful of useful options have been added to the file context menu. By right-clicking a file you are now able to do the following:

  • Open file in default editor
  • Show file in File Explorer
  • Copy full path

Some of the options have their respective keyboard shortcuts for quick access.

Commit subject length indicator

Following the recommendations from Chris Beams about writing Git Commit Messages, Fork will now show you how far you have exceeded the 50 character limit for commit subjects.

  • Set datetime format to long international format
  • Open repo in a new tab after clone
  • Select the first item in the file list by default
  • Double Click the Scroll Up brings Change Branch window
  • Fork crashes on opening Pull window in detached HEAD state

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