Git Explorer is a local development tool that provides offline-first support for previewing and comparing branches in a local git repository.
You can use the project locally on your system a couple different ways, depending on your preference. You will need to have NodeJS LTS installed on your machine.
After running these commands, you can view the explorer web app in your browser at
One Time (npx)
npx to use the project (while online) for any local repository you have.
$ cd /path/to/your/repo$ npx git-explorer
This approach will always use the latest version of git-explorer published to npm.
Offline (global npm / Yarn)
By installing git-explorer globally, you can aceess the tool even if you're offline! Just use your preferred package manager's global installation command and then run the tool from the directory of your local repository.
# npm $ npm install -g git-explorer # or with Yarn $ yarn add --global git-explorer # now run git-explorer from your local repo $ cd path/to/your/repo$ git-explorer
To upgrade your global install of git-explorer to a newer version, just re-run the global installation command again.
By default, Git Explorer runs on port
3000. To run it on a different port, you can pass a custom
--port flag. Example:
$ npx git-explorer --port 4200
To automatically open the default browser on start of the server, you can pass a custom
--open flag. Example:
$ npx git-explorer --open
Contributions are welcome either in the form of code or ideas!
Ideas / Feature Requests
See something you want to have included in Git Explorer? Feel free to open an issue, and if you're feeling ambition, submit a PR!
Then, you can do the following:
- Clone the repo
You should now be able to see the project running on
Note: If you make changes to src/server.js, make sure to restart the server by killing the server and re-running