Release notes



  • Add FreeBSD installation instructions. (#1093)

  • Add TIG_EDITOR environment variable to configure editor. (#889, #1098)

  • Enable mailmap by default to match git log’s behaviour. (#1104, #1105)

  • Enable tilde expansion for diff-highlight. (#1107)

Bug fixes:

  • Escape variables with %% in external commands. (#1091, #1095)

  • Fix parsing of -L argument. (#1100)

  • Bugfix: smart-case does not work when search term contains a space. (#1108)

  • Use ncursesw by default on Linux. (#920)

  • Replace obsolete macro ‘AC_CONFIG_HEADER’ in


Bug fixes:

  • Fix autoconf checking for readline. (#1072)

  • Fix segfault when saving a view with no column.

  • Reset view→parent when main view is promoted.

  • Fix segfault when pressing Enter in a child main view.

  • Restore lazy navigation.

  • Format time_t values portably and fix other values too. (#1084, #1085)

  • Fix loop when wrapping line with ISO-8859-1 character. (#1087, #1088)



  • Change directory from the next argument, from now use tig -C /path/to/repo. (#1079)


  • Jump from blame to commit. (#355)

  • Start blame of an uncommitted deleted line from HEAD so the line’s origin can be traced. (#1008, #1009)

  • Add line-graphics = auto. (#834, #1019)

  • Allow maxwidth to be expressed in % of the view width. (#1021)

  • Pass stash args through. (#1022, #1030)

  • Make build work on IBM i. (#1051, #1052)

  • Restore fullscreen navigation. (#1053)

  • Update utf8proc to v2.6.1.

  • Add some range so control chars ^^ and ^_ are also supported. (#1041, #1058)

  • Disable ncurses extended key values so that esc-codes can be used. (#1046, #1049)

  • Use id column for commit id only. (#1025, #1056)

  • Some minor updates for scrolling and for a double-click in diff. (#1060)

  • Add scroll-half-page-up and scroll-half-page-down actions. (#531, #1075)

  • Allow to generate a compilation database. (#1064)

  • New command stage-update-part.

  • The line number before a diff was applied is exposed as %(lineno_old). (#1081)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix wrapping of lines with multibyte characters. (#988)

  • Improve highlighting of search with $ regex. (#1000)

  • Update tracking branch when refreshing status view. (#1015)

  • Fix vertical lines in Putty with UTF-8 graphics. (#981, #983)

  • Fix parsing of three-way chunk headers with extra dashes.

  • Update tracking branch when refreshing status view. (#1015, #1020)

  • Handle filename with space in diff view. (#1035)

  • The stash view requires a working tree.

  • Replace useless strncpy to avoid compilation warning. (#1036)

  • Zsh completion fixes. (#940, #1047)

  • Handle undefined __git_complete. (#1011, #1055)

  • Fix help messages for half-page and page up. (#1054)

  • Let -S, -G and --grep= pattern override readline history.

  • Fix bash completion issue with worktrees (#1018).

  • Fix parsing of commit line from git log --left-right output in pager view.

  • Fix %(lineno) computation for hunk postimages that span only one line. (#1062)

  • Align relative-compact dates to the right. (#1067)

  • Fix empty split diff view when navigating quickly in the stash view.

  • Avoid depending on wcwidth in test by removing Variation Selector. (#1065)

  • Open the blob view with the cursor correctly positioned.

  • Update %(text) when navigating diff contents. (#1082)



  • bash/zsh completion: reimplement and decrease runtime by factor 1863. (#795)

  • Add binding to reflog view to toggle reference display.

  • Fail if tig is given an invalid or ambiguous ref. (#980)

  • Make tig process-group leader an option. (#986, #951)

  • Handle GIT_WORK_TREE environment variable.

  • The blame view requires a working tree.

  • Fix use of deprecated vwprintw() function.

  • Update utf8proc to v2.5.0.

  • Add --word-diff=plain colorizing support. (#221)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix segmentation fault. (#971)

  • Fix cursor position after "Move to parent" in blame view. (#973)

  • Fix crash on adding a line to a view. (#523)

  • Fix memory leak in diff unit.

  • Fix loop after refresh or change in refs/main split view. (#991)

  • Fix occasional crash on custom key bindings. (#1001)



  • Single file view enters blame mode on "b". (#804)

  • Show untracked files in the default view. (#762)

  • Disable graph if log.follow is enabled and there is only one pathspec. (#881)

  • Disable graph for author searches.

  • git_colors: interpret ul as underline.

  • Add refname variable. (#900)

  • Add -C option to specify the working directory. (#570)

  • Improve behaviour of auto and periodic refresh modes. (#389, #441, #482, #794, #888, #932)

  • Add support for repos created with git --work-tree. (#872)

  • Add diff-highlight to pager mode.

  • Show annotated commits in main view. (#819)

  • Introduce reflog view. (#538)

  • Add option to start with cursor on HEAD commit. (#755)

  • Support combined diffs with more than 2 parents.

  • Improve how a toggle option value is shown on the status line. (#879)

  • Add options to filter refs output. (#694)

  • Update utf8proc to v2.4.0. (#961)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix garbled cursor line with older ncurses versions.

  • Fix diff highlighting of removed lines starting with — and added lines starting with ++. (#871, #875)

  • Fix loop when displaying search result if regex matches an empty string. (#866)

  • Add synchronous command description in tigrc.

  • Fix parsing of git rev-parse output. (#884)

  • Propagate --first-parent to diff arguments. (#861)

  • Use proper type for hash table size. (#858)

  • Fix incorrect cppcheck warning about realloc() use.

  • Don’t shift signed int by 31 bits.

  • Fix Vim going background after running Tig outside of a git repository. (#906)

  • make-builtin-config: use "read -r". (#912)

  • Fix segfaults with readline 8.0. (#893)

  • Reset state before closing stage view automatically.

  • Don’t use a child view as previous view.

  • Force reload of VIEW_FLEX_WIDTH views only when needed.

  • Combined diff uses @@@ as hunk marker.

  • Fix memory leak induced by tig grep.

  • Fix memory leak in main view.

  • Exit gracefully if refs view was defined without ref column. (#897)

  • Fix pager view not moving up when child view is open.

  • make-builtin-config: Fix unportable sed usage in read_tigrc().

  • Properly detect combined diffs. (#942)


Bug fixes:

  • Add CURSES_CFLAGS to CPPFLAGS. (#856, Linuxbrew/homebrew-core#8440)



  • Add send-child-enter option to control interaction with child views. (#791)

  • Update make config defaults for Cygwin to ncurses6. (#792)

  • Build against netbsd-curses. (#789)

  • Change the blame view to render more like git blame. (#812)

  • Improve worktree and submodule support. (#459, #781, #783)

  • Support running Tig via a Git alias. (#763)

  • Use ISO-8601 letters for short relative dates. (#759, #760)

  • Change date formatting to show time zones by default. (#428, #811)

  • Use utf8proc to handle Unicode characters. (#827)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix file(1) argument on Linux used for resolving encodings. (#788)

  • Fix underflow in the file search. (#800, #801)

  • Fix line numbers in grep view when scrolled. (#813)

  • Pass command line args through to the stage view. (#569, #823)

  • Fix resource leak. (#780)

  • Fix various compiler warnings and pointer arithmetic. (#799, #803)

  • Workaround potential null pointer dereferences. (#824)

  • Bind to single and double quotes by using the <SingleQuote> and <DoubleQuote> key mappings. (#821)

  • Make Tig the process-group leader and clean child processes. (#828, #837)

  • Fix sh compatibility in contrib/tig-pick. (#832)

  • Fix incorrect behaviour of up and down keys in diff view when opened from diff preview. (#802, #835)

  • Open the stage view when maximizing a split diff view of (un)staged changes. (#836)

  • Use fully qualified reference name for tags when conflicting with branch name. (#746, #787, #849)

  • Fix resize not working after entering command. (#845) (#846)

  • Use stack allocated memory to handle TIG_LS_REMOTE. (#839)

  • Fix deleted file mode line remains highlighted after hovering in diff or stage view. (#851)

  • Fix TIG_LS_REMOTE not working with git-ls-remote(1). (#853, #854)


Bug fixes:

  • Revert "Handle \n like \r (#758)". (GH #769)

  • Fix GH #164 by catching SIGHUP.

  • Change refs_tags type to size_t.


Bug fixes:

  • Fix busy loop detection to handle large repos. (GH #164)



  • Restore TTY attributes. (GH #725)

  • Handle \n like \r. (GH #758)

Bug fixes:

  • Add workaround that detects busy loops when Tig loses the TTY. This may happen if Tig does not receive the HUP signal (e.g. when started with nohup). (GH #164)

  • Fix compatibility with ncurses-5.4 which caused copy-pasting to not work in the prompt. (GH #767)

  • tig(1): document correct environment variable. (GH #752)



  • The width setting on the status, text and commit-title columns was never applied and has been removed. (GH #617)


  • Improve load performance by throttling screen updates. (GH #622, #629)

  • Speed up graph rendering. (GH #638)

  • Enable scroll optimizations for and iTerm2. (GH #637)

  • Improve the test suite portability to not depend on GNU sed. (GH #609, #614)

  • Make build reproducible. ( (GH #613)

  • Enable binding to more symbolic keys and keys with control modifier: F13-F19, ShiftLeft, ShiftRight, ShiftDel, ShiftHome, ShiftEnd, ShiftTab, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, Ctrl-S, and Ctrl-@. (GH #314, #619, #642)

  • Persist readline history to ~/.tig_history or $XDG_DATA_HOME/tig/history. Use history-size to control the number of entries to save. (GH #620, #713, #714, #718)

  • Preload last search from persistent history. (GH #630)

  • Add view-close-no-quit action, unbound by default. (GH #607)

  • Add mouse-wheel-cursor option (off by default) when set to true causes wheel actions to prefer moving the cursor instead of scrolling. (GH #608)

  • Add truncation-delimiter option, set to ~ by default. (GH #646)

  • Add -q parameter to source for "source-if-present". (GH #612)

  • Add :echo prompt command to display text in the status bar. (GH #626, #636)

  • Make diff-highlight colors configurable. (GH #625, #633)

  • Let Ctrl-C exit Y/N dialog, menu prompts and the file finder. (GH #632, #648)

  • Hide cursor unless at textual prompt. (GH #643)

  • Expand tilde (~) in :script paths. (GH #674)

  • Show single-line output of external command in status bar. (GH #200, #557, #678)

  • Disable the graph when --no-merges is passed. (GH #687)

  • Print backtraces on segfault in debug mode.

  • Ignore script lines starting with # (comment). (GH #705)

  • Complete repo:* variables when readline is enabled. (GH #702)

  • Incorporate XTerm’s wcwidth.c to find Unicode widths. (GH #691)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix graph display issues. (GH #419, #638)

  • Fix and improve rendering of Unicode characters. (GH #330, #621, #644, #682)

  • Handle hyphenated directory names when listing content. (GH #602)

  • Do not jump to next match when cancelling the search prompt. (GH #627)

  • Fix clearing of the status line after Ctrl-C. (GH #623, #649)

  • Fix handling of width on line-number and trimmed width of 1. (GH #617)

  • Set cursor position when not updating prompt contents. (GH #647)

  • Erase status line at exit time for users without altscreen-capable terminals. (GH #589)

  • Fix unexpected keys when restoring from suspend (Ctrl-Z). (GH #232)

  • contrib/vim.tigrc: Also bind G in the main as a workaround for limitations of the none action. (GH #594, #599)

  • Only override blame-options when commands are given and fix parsing of -C. (GH #597)

  • Fix diff name discovery to better handle prefixes.

  • Interpret button5 as wheel-down. (GH #321, #606)

  • Fix back / parent in tree view. (GH #641)

  • Fix memory corruption in concat_argv and file finder. (GH #634, #655)

  • Fix reading from stdin for tig show.

  • Document problem of outdated system-wide tigrc files in Homebrew. (GH #598)

  • Repaint the display when toggling line-graphics. (GH #527)

  • Fix custom date formatting support longer strings. (GH #522)

  • Don’t segfault on ":exec" irregular args. (GH #686)

  • Fix segfault when calling htab_empty. (GH #663, #745)


Upgrade instructions:

  • The status-untracked-dirs option was renamed to status-show-untracked-dirs to match the new status-show-untracked-files option.


  • Use diff-options when preparing the diff in the stage view to make the diff state configurable. (GH #545)

  • Add status-show-untracked-files option mirroring Git’s status.showUntrackedFiles to toggle display of untracked files. in the status view. On by default. (GH #562)

  • Update ax_with_curses.m4 and use pkg-config to detect. (GH #546)

  • Add tig-pick script for using Tig as a commit picker. (GH #575, #580)

  • Add "smart case" option (set ignore-case = smart-case) to ignore case when the search string is lower-case only. (GH #320, #579)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix author ident cache being keyed by email only. (GH #424, #526, #547)

  • Fix periodic refresh mode to properly detect ref changes. (GH #430, #591)

  • Add workaround for detecting failure to start the diff-highlight process.

  • Show diffs in the stash view when set mailmap = true. (GH #556)

  • Fix parsing of git-log revision arguments, such as --exclude=... in conjunction with --all. (GH #555)

  • Fix diff stat parsing for binary copies.

  • Fix crash when resizing terminal while search is in progress. (GH #515, #550)

  • Fix argument filtering to pass more arguments through to Git.

  • Check for termcap support in split tinfo libs. (GH #568, #585)


Tarballs should now be downloaded from GitHub. Either go to or use the following pattern:

MD5 checksums can be found at:

Similarly, the home page is now also on GitHub at A big thanks to Simon L. B. Nielsen for generously hosting Tig on!


  • Support Git’s diff-highlight program when diff-highlight is set to either true or the path of the script to use for post-processing.

  • Add navigation between merge commits. (GH #525)

  • Add A as a binding to apply a stash without dropping it.

  • Bind Ctrl-D and Ctrl-U to half-page movements by default.

  • manual: Mention how to change default Up/Down behavior in diff view.

Bug fixes:

  • Reorganize checking of libraries for termcap functions.

  • Fix :goto <id> error message.



  • Note that all user-defined commands are now executed at the repository root instead of whatever subdirectory Tig was started in. (GH #412)

  • Remove cmdline-args option to avoid problems where setting it in ~/.tigrc potentially breaks other views due to its "context-sensitive" nature, where a git-log option maybe cause git-grep to fail. (GH #431)


  • Use .mailmap to show canonical name and email addresses, off by default. Add set mailmap = yes to ~/.tigrc to enable. (GH #411)

  • Highlight search results, configurable via search-result color. (GH #493)

  • Wrap around when searching, configurable via wrap-search setting.

  • Populate %(file) with file names from diff stat. (GH #404)

  • tig --merge implies --boundary similar to gitk.

  • Expose repository variables to external commands, e.g. %(repo:head) gives the branch name of the current HEAD and %(repo:cdup) for the repo root path.

  • Add make uninstall. (GH #417)

  • Add ZSH completion file (based on Bash completion) (GH #433)

  • Expose the text of the currently selected line as the %(text) (GH #457)

  • Allow users to specify rev arguments to blame (GH #439)

  • Update OSX make config to find brew installed ncurses

  • Add sample git-flow keybinding (GH #421)

  • Add chocolate theme (GH #432)

  • Show stash diffs. (GH #328)

  • Make user tigrc location configurable. (GH #479)

  • Compact relative date display mode. (GH #331)

  • Add date column option controlling whether to show local date.

  • Move to parent commit in the main view. (GH #388)

  • Add :goto <rev> prompt command to go to a git-rev-parse`d revision, e.g. `:goto some/branch or :goto %(commit)^2.

  • Respect the XDG standard for configuration files. (GH #513)

  • Show tracking information in tig status (GH #504)

  • Resolve diff paths when diff.noprefix is true. (GH #487, #488)

  • Support for custom strftime(3) date formats, e.g.:

    set main-view-date = custom
    set main-view-date-format = "%Y-%m-%d"

Bug fixes:

  • Prevent staged rename from displaying unstaged changes (GH #472, #491)

  • Fix corrupt chunk header during staging of single lines. (GH #410)

  • Fix out of bounds read in graph-v2 module. (GH #402)

  • Add currently checked out branch to %(branch). (GH #416)

  • Size diff stats correctly for split views.

  • Fix git-worktree support by using git-show-ref. (GH #437)

  • Add currently checked out branch to %(branch) (GH #416)

  • Fix segfault when hitting return in empty file search (GH #464)

  • Remove separator on horizontal split when switching from vertical split

  • Do not expand --all when parsing %(revargs) (GH #442, #462)

  • Fix exit when the main view is reloaded due to option toggling. (GH #470)

  • Expand all whitespace and control characters to spaces. (GH #485)

  • Restore ability to unbind a default keybinding with none. (GH #483)

  • Fix blob view to honor the wrap-lines setting.



  • Add support for key combos. (GH #67)

  • See contrib/vim.tigrc for Vim-like keybindings. (GH #273, #351)

  • Add GitHub inspired file finder to search for and open any file. (GH #342)

  • Add search keymap for navigating file finder search results.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix display of multiple references per commit. (GH #390, #391)

  • Sync the prompt’s cursor position with readline’s internal position. (GH #396)

  • Keep unstaged changes view open after an staging command. (GH #399)



  • Improve C99 compliance so Tig compiles with the native compilers on Solaris (SunStudio cc) and AIX (xlc). (GH #380)

  • Add move-half-page-up and move-half-page-down actions. (GH #323)

  • Preserve the cursor position when changing the diff context.

  • Show Unstaged changes above Staged changes in the main view. (GH #383)

  • Add :exec <flags><args...> prompt command to execute commands.

  • Add shorthand for changing the view settings of a single column, eg. set main-view-author = short. (GH #318)

  • Show better diff context info in the stage view.

  • Add %(lineno) state variable. (GH #304)

  • Use hash table to speed up refs lookup. (GH #350)

  • Show the file path in the blob view when available.

  • Use set commit-order = default to use Git’s default commit order, even when the commit graph is enabled. The option will turn off automatic enabling of --topo-order when the graph is shown in the main view. (GH #310, #324)

  • Speed up the diff view in large repos by loading git-describe info after the diff content has been read. (GH #324)

  • Add the old graph rendering as an option. (GH #310, #324)

  • Add main-options setting for specifying default main view options. Example: set main-options = --max-count=1000. (GH #368)

  • See contrib/large-repo.tigrc for settings that will help to speed up Tig in large repos. (GH #368)

  • Add :save-options <file> prompt command to save config to file. (GH #315)

Bug fixes:

  • Update manual to reflect default keybinding changes. (GH #325)

  • Fix graph support for --first-parent. (GH #326)

  • Fix off-by-one error when opening editor from the grep view.

  • Fix status on-branch information.

  • Fix main view to handle the case when git-log doesn’t find any commits.

  • Fix corner case when parsing diff chunk when lines information is missing.

  • Ensure main view changes commits are shown right before the current HEAD.

  • Fix rendering of boundary commits.

  • Fix compilation with GNU Make 3.80 by removing $(abspath). (GH #362)

  • Fix config parsing to support shell-like quoting in user-defined command, e.g. bind generic <Ctrl-f> :!git log -G"%(prompt Prompt: )" (GH #371)

  • Make diff meta information colors more consistent with Git. (GH #375)

  • Fix segfault when updating changes in a maximized stage view opened via the main view. (GH #376)

  • Handle line number configs where the interval is not specified. (GH #378)

  • Fix display of error messages during startup. (GH #385)

  • Show untracked files outside the current directory like git-status. (GH #230)



  • Add :save-display <file> prompt command to save the current display.

  • Add :script <file> prompt command for scripting the Tig UI.

  • Add test framework and convert existing tests to use it.

  • Add command-line option for starting in refs view: tig refs. (GH #309)

  • Make blame commit ID colors stable across reloads. (GH #303)

  • Increase blame ID and graph rendering color palette to 14 colors.

  • New setting split-view-width controls the width for vertical splits. It takes the width of the right-most view either as a number or a percentage.

  • Expose settings holding command line argument lists: file-args, rev-args, and cmdline-args. They are mainly intended for testing purposes but also allows to change the filtering arguments dynamically. (GH #306)

  • Add log-options setting for specifying default log view options. Example: set log-options = --pretty=fuller.

  • Use option specific view flags to reload view after :set commands.

Bug fixes:

  • Refresh the current view when returning from an external command and refresh-mode=after-command. (GH #289)

  • Fix readline completion.

  • Fix / to find-next when readline support is enabled. (GH #302)

  • Fix readline prompt to correctly handle UTF-8 characters.

  • Add warnings for more obsolete actions and colors.

  • Fix passing of commit IDS via stdin to the main view.

  • Fix commit title overflow drawing for multibyte text. (GH #307)

  • Fix installation directory permissions.

  • Handle binary files matches reported by git-grep.

  • Toggling of "args"-typed options without any arguments will clear the current arguments. Example: :toggle blame-options.

  • Detect custom pretty.format settings that break the log view and fallback to use the medium format. (GH #225)

  • Fix invocation of git-diff for the blame view’s line tracking. (GH #316)

  • Fix blame completion of directory names. (GH #317)

  • Fix display of conflicts in the main view when show-changes is enabled.

  • Fix off-by-one error when displaying line numbers in the grep view.

  • When showing the commit graph ensure that either topo, date or author-date commit order is used. (Debian #757692) (GH #238)



  • Use git-status for diffing the index.

  • Group toggle options together in the help view.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix refs, main and grep loading when gui.encoding is set. (GH #287)

  • Ignore gui.encoding and i18n.commitencoding when set to UTF-8.

  • Add work-around for missing strndup() on Mac OS X v10.6. (GH #286)

  • Fix spurious abbreviation of author names. (GH #288)

  • Don’t show empty action groups in the help view.


Bug fixes:

  • Fix compilation in watch.c.

  • Fix parsing of key bindings mapped to ^ and <. (GH #280, #282)


Note to packagers:

  • Add .adoc extension to AsciiDoc files so they show correctly on GitHub. This includes README, INSTALL, and NEWS and files in doc/ directory.

  • BUGS file has been merged into README.adoc.

  • Default keybindings have been moved to a system-level tigrc file, which is installed to ${sysconfdir} by default. The content of the tigrc file is included inside the binary as a fall-back. Pass NO_BUILTIN_TIGRC=y to not include the system tigrc content and reduce the size of the binary.

  • The example contrib/tigrc file (made obsolete by tigrc) has been removed.

  • Source files have been moved to src and include and tig.c was split up.

  • Build output is less verbose by default; use make V=1 for old output.


  • In preparation for key combo support, key mappings for symbolic keys (e.g. Up and Down) must now start with < and end with >, e.g. <Up> and <Down>. Furthermore, escape key combos must now use <Esc>key instead of ^[key, and control key mappings must now use <Ctrl-key> instead of ^key.

  • Only use diff-options for the diff view and introduce %(cmdlineargs) to hold non-file and non-revision flags passed on the command line. Affects all user-defined commands that expect %(diffargs) to hold both diff-options arguments and those passed on the command line. (GH #228)

  • Remove built-in keybinding for git gc. Add the following line to ~/.tigrc to restore it: bind generic G ?git gc.

  • To support view specific colors, . can no longer be used interchangeably with - and _ in settings names and in particular color names.

  • Replace stage-next action with prompt command using a predefined search (see below) and add binding (@ by default) to also work in the diff view.

  • Most view display options must now be set via the new *-view options in tigrc. Existing options are no longer recognized, but a warning is shown.

  • Remap default bindings to have more consistent convention: use lower-case keys primarily for view switching and non-destructive actions, use upper-case keys for view-specific actions including user-defined commands. To preserve old default key bindings see contrib/bindings-v1.x.tigrc. (GH #257)


  • Add mouse support: scroll view, click line to move cursor, double click line (or click again) to "Enter" cursor line, e.g. open commit diff. Disabled by default, since it makes text selection less intuitive. If you enable this remember to hold down Shift (or Option on Mac) when selecting text.

  • Rewrite and improve the rendering of the commit graph. (GH #144, #46)

  • Add completion and history support to the prompt via readline. (GH #185)

  • Options can be configured and toggled individually for each view. Use the new view settings to configure the order and display options for each view columns. See system tigrc and tigrc(5) for examples. (GH #89, #222)

  • Add grep view as a front-end to git-grep(1): tig grep -p strchr. From within Tig, the key for switching or grepping is bound to g by default.

  • Rename branch view to refs view and show tags. (GH #134)

  • Add main view pager mode that reads git-log’s --pretty=raw data from stdin, e.g. git reflog --pretty=raw | tig --pretty=raw.

  • Add support for --graph and highlight diff stats in the log view.

  • Add default command bindings: ! to delete branch, ! to drop stash.

  • Add stage-split-chunk action for splitting chunks in the stage view. Bound to \ by default. (GH #107)

  • Add back action bound to < by default, which will return the blame view to the previous revision and line after moving e.g. to the parent. (GH #124)

  • Auto-refresh views based on watched repository changes. Configure by setting refresh-mode to manual, auto, after-command, or periodic. (GH #190)

  • All default settings are in well-documented system tigrc.

  • Add :toggle prompt command to manipulate options using keybindings. For example: bind diff D :toggle diff-options --patience --notes. (GH #69)

  • Add a new "auto" value for the vertical-split option to let Tig choose the split orientation (this is the new default behavior). Can be toggled.

  • Make it possible to toggle the display of files in untracked directories.

  • Allow Tig to be started with no default configuration by specifying an alternative system tigrc file, e.g.: TIGRC_SYSTEM=~/ tig. Set TIGRC_SYSTEM to the empty string to use built-in configuration instead of

  • Key mappings can contain UTF-8 multibyte unicode keys.

  • Warn about conflicting keybindings using Ctrl, e.g. <Ctrl-f> and <Ctrl-F>. (GH #218)

  • Extend key bindings for prompt commands (ie. bind <keymap> <key> :<prompt>) to support predefined searches, eg.: bind stage 2 :?^@@.

  • Git color mappings can be configured in tigrc.

  • More informative configuration error messages.

  • Make reference label formatting configurable, for example: set reference-format = (branch) <tags> remote. (GH #201)

  • Adjust author width and other view columns automatically. (GH #49)

  • Support view specific colors: color stage.diff-add yellow default.

  • Copy -S, -G and --grep= pattern to search buffer so find-next and find-prev work as expected.

  • Optionally specify custom prompt for %(prompt) in shell commands, e.g. bind main B ?git checkout -b "%(prompt Enter new branch name: )".

  • Add %(remote) and %(tag) symbols to complement %(branch).

  • User-defined commands can now be prefixed with any of the supported flags, e.g. ?git checkout -b %(branch).

  • Open editor at line number for combined diffs e.g. diffs of unmerged files.

  • Add build configuration for Cygwin (OS name: CYGWIN_NT-6.1). (GH #92)

  • Document the Git commands supported by the pager mode. (GH #1) system tigrc configuration. (GH #235)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix stash diff display when reloading the stash view after a deleting.

  • Set the commit reference when opening the blame view from the blob view.

  • Correctly identify and highlight the remote branch tracked by HEAD.

  • Pass --no-color after user defined arguments to ensure that colors do not break the output parsing. (GH #191)

  • Close stdin when pager mode is not supported.

  • Show newly created branches in the main view. (GH #196)

  • File with 0 changes breaks diffstat highlighting (GH #215)

  • Update %(branch) variable in the main view. (GH #223)

  • Disable graph rendering when either of --reverse, -S, -G, and --grep are passed to the main view. (GH #127)

  • Only refresh views that support it.

  • Fix author and date annotation of renamed entries in the tree view.

  • Fix use of unsafe methods in the signal handler. (GH #245)

  • Fix rendering in non-UTF8 terminals.

  • Fix stage-update-line by rewriting the diff chunk containing the line instead of using --unidiff-zero and a diff context of zero. (GH #130)

  • Fix status-update to work for untracked directories. (GH #236)

  • Don’t pass log parameters given on the command line to the diff view.



  • Move manual and man pages to doc/ directory and rename AsciiDoc files to have .asciidoc as the extension to make them render on GitHub.


  • Show blob sizes in the tree view either as bytes or using binary unit prefixes. Example: set show-file-size = units. (GH #163)

  • Reduce main view memory usage and startup time, especially when revision graph rendering is disabled. (GH #160)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix submodule-related setup to check for non-zero return value from setenv(). (GH #188)



  • Prompt commands can be bound to keys. For example: bind diff F :set diff-options = --full-diff. (GH #69, #116)

  • Add a diff-options setting for specifying default diff options. Example: set diff-options = --patience. (GH #116)

  • Options in diff-options and blame-options matching Tig browsing state variables are replaced.

  • Show diff stats as wide as the terminal. (GH #109)

  • Show line numbers in the branch view. (GH #135)

  • Add toggles for showing author email or email user names. (GH #115)

  • Open editor at the selected line by prefixing the file argument with +<lineno>. Tested in vi, Vim, Emacs, Nano, Gedit, Geany. Disable by adding set editor-line-number = no to ~/.tigrc. (GH #118, #119)

  • Add toggle-files to control whether to show full commit diff or only the diff concerning the currently selected file, e.g. for blame.

  • Optionally highlight exceeding characters in long commit titles. The default title max width is 50 characters. Customize using: set title-overflow = 50 (GH #125)

  • Add +ESC key bindings. Example: bind generic ^[v move-page-up (GH #120)

  • Create temporary files in TMPDIR, TEMP, or TMP before defaulting to /tmp.

  • Reenable tig log as a subcommand. (GH #146)

  • Enable tilde expansion in ~/.tigrc "source" commands. (GH #168)

  • Introduce the stash view, bound to the y keybinding. (GH #169, #174)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix blame and status to work in directories starting with a dot. (GH #172)

  • Reload current branch name when reloading the status view. (GH #93)

  • Fix compile errors on old Solaris. (GH #97)

  • Reload HEAD info when reloading the stage view. (GH #104, #93)

  • Fix disappearing branch labels after external commands. (GH #148)

  • Fix diff view display for staged/unstaged changes when using d.

  • Fix display of status messages when toggling view options. (GH #111)

  • Fix illegal memory access. (GH #98)

  • Fix display of all branches label in repos with short branch names.

  • Fix rendering glitch for branch names.

  • Do not apply diff styling to untracked files in the stage view. (GH #153)

  • Fix tree indentation for entries containing combining characters. (GH #170)

  • Ignore unrepresentable characters when transliterating text for rendering.

  • Transliterate text to output encoding before trimming it to avoid misalignment. (GH #86)

  • Introduce a more natural context-sensitive log display. (GH #155)



  • Disable diff move/copy detection by default, boosting diff performance on larger projects. Use git config diff.renames option (Git-wide) to set your preferred behavior. Environment variable TIG_DIFF_OPTS can be used to restore the old behavior.

  • Fix manual keybinding for stage-single-line. (GH #108)

  • Values set for author-width and filename-width will result in widths one character bigger than previously.


  • Typing a text in the prompt will be interpreted as a Tig command. Prefixing the command with a ! will execute this system command in an external pager. Entering a single key will execute the corresponding key binding.

  • Basic support for wrapping long line in pager, diff, and stage views. Enable using: set wrap-lines = yes. (GH #2)

  • User-defined commands prefixed with a ? means prompt before execution. Example: bind main B !?git rebase -i %(commit).

  • User-defined commands prefixed with a < means exit after execution. Example: bind main C !<git commit. (GH #66)

  • User-defined commands are executed unquoted to support shell commands. Example: bind generic I !@sh -c "echo -n %(commit) | xclip -selection c". (GH #65)

  • Configure case-insensitive searches using: set ignore-case = yes.

  • Add "deleted mode" line type for better diff coloring.

  • Open editor when requesting edit action from within a file diff.

  • Update AX_WITH_CURSES to build under Cygwin.

  • Improve tigrc(5) documentation. (Debian #682766)

  • Allow to build on Mac OS 10.7 without the configure script. (GH #25)

  • Add option to split the view vertically instead of horizontally. Example: ‘set vertical-split = yes’. (GH #76)

  • Add show-id and id-width options to configure the display of commit IDs in the main view and ID width in the blame view. (GH #77)

  • Allow to override Git based encoding to UTF-8 by setting i18n.commitencoding or gui.encoding.

  • Improve autobuild support to track generated files and work with autoreconf 2.61.

  • Commit IDs are read from stdin when --stdin is given; works for main and diff view, e.g. tig --no-walk --stdin < cherry-picks.txt.

  • Add option to disable focusing of the child view when it’s opened. Disable using: set focus-child = no. (GH #83)

  • Allow to open blob related with added content in a diff. (GH #91)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix commit graph regression when a path spec is specified. (GH #53)

  • Main view: only show staged/unstaged changes for the current branch.

  • Support submodules created with current version of git. (GH #54)

  • Fix diff status message for file diffs with no content changes.

  • Fix parent blaming when Tig is launched in subdirectory. (GH #70)

  • Do not show deleted branch when reloading the branch view.


The master repository is git://, and the old master repository ( will be retired.


  • Use git-log(1)s default commit ordering. The old behavior can be restored by adding set commit-order = topo to ~/.tigrc.

  • Support staging of single lines. Bound to 1 default. (GH #21)

  • Use +<lineno> to open the initial view at an arbitrary line. (GH #20)

  • Add show-notes ~/.tigrc option. Notes are displayed by default.

  • Support jumping to specific SHAs in the main view.

  • Decorate replaced commits.

  • Display line numbers in main view.

  • Colorize binary diff stats. (GH #17)

  • Custom colorization of lines matching a string prefix (GH #16). Example configuration: color "Reported-by:" green default

  • Use Git’s color settings for the main, status and diff views. Put set read-git-colors = no in ~/.tigrc to disable.

  • Handle editor options with multiple arguments. (GH #12)

  • Show filename when running tig blame with copy detection. (GH #19)

  • Use source <path> command to load additional files from ~/.tigrc

  • User-defined commands prefixed with @ are run with no console output, e.g.

    bind generic 3 !@rm sys$command
  • Make display of space changes togglable in the diff and stage view. Bound to W by default.

  • Use per-file encoding specified in gitattributes(5) for blobs and unstaged files.

  • Obsolete commit-encoding option and pass --encoding=UTF-8 to revision commands.

  • Main view: show uncommitted changes as staged/unstaged commits. Can be disabled by putting set show-changes = no in ~/.tigrc.

  • Add %(prompt) external command variable, which will prompt for the argument value.

  • Log information about Git commands when the TIG_TRACE environment variable is set. Example: TIG_TRACE=/tmp/tig.log tig

  • Branch view: Show the title of the last commit.

  • Increase the author auto-abbreviation threshold to 10. (GH #49)

  • For old commits show number of years in relative dates. (GH #50)

Bug fixes:

  • Fix navigation behavior when going from branch to main view. (GH #38)

  • Fix segfault when sorting the tree view by author name.

  • Fix diff stat navigation for unmodified files with stat changes.

  • Show branches/refs which names are a substring of the current branch.

  • Stage view: fix off-by-one error when jumping to a file in a diff with only one file.

  • Fix diff-header colorization. (GH #15)



  • Remove support for the deprecated TIG_{MAIN,DIFF,LOG,TREE,BLOB}_CMD environment variables.


  • Pressing enter on diff stat file lines will jump to file’s diff.

  • Naïvely color blame IDs to distinguish lines.

  • Document palette color options used for revision graph and blame IDs.

  • Add support for blaming diff lines.

  • Add diff-context option and bindings to increase the diff context in the diff and stage view.

  • (GH-6) Make blame configurable via extra options passed from the command line and blame-options setting from ~/.tigrc. For example:

    set blame-options = -C -C -C

Bug fixes:

  • Expand browsing state variables for prompt. (LP #694780, Debian #635546)

  • Fix segfault when sorting the branch view by author.

  • Expand %(directory) to . for the root directory. (GH-3)

  • Accept utf-8 for the line-graphics option as indicated in the docs.

  • Use erasechar() to check for the correct backspace character.



  • Start rewrite of the revision graph renderer. Three modes are supported UTF-8, ncurses line graphics, and ASCII. Also, enable revision graph rendering by default.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix ncurses 5.8 issue by passing non-zero column size to newwin().

  • Fix opening of diffs when browsing branches.


Bug fixes:

  • Fix regression causing empty tree view.

  • Fix set_tabsize() compile error for older versions of ncurses.



  • Add scroll-first-col action to jump to the first column. Bound to | by default.

  • Add status-untracked-dirs option to ignore unknown directories contents in the status view. On by default.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix tig show <commit> to show the provided commit.

  • Fix problem with empty diff views when file specs were passed on the command line.

  • Fix segfault when starting Tig in pager mode.



  • Encode everything internally as UTF-8. This can affect performance, but should in general improve handling of character lengths etc. Also, to properly handle UTF-8 environments use ncurses with wide character support.

  • The use of TIG_{MAIN,DIFF,LOG,TREE,BLOB}_CMD environment variables has been deprecated. To allow configuration of the diff view, TIG_DIFF_OPTS can be used.


  • Plug several memory leaks.

  • Command line arguments are split into diff, revision, and file arguments and made available as %(diffargs), %(revargs), and %(fileargs). Diff view will limit diffs using %(fileargs).

  • Status view: update the file variable when a line is selected so %(file) works as expected.

  • Branch view: add %(branch) symbol providing access to the selected branch.

  • Branch view: add entry to browse all branches (uses git-log’s --all flag).

  • Abbreviation of author names can now be configured and toggled.

  • Mark detached heads with [HEAD].

  • Add support for displaying dates in local time.

Bug fixes:

  • Status view: fix usage from sub directories, which was broken by the changes made to support blame view from sub directories.

  • Fix text expansion to not truncate long lines

  • Fix parsing of boolean show-date values.

  • Fix relative date.

  • Fix unbind to behave as if the keybinding was never defined.

  • Fix unbind to also cover built-in run requests.

  • Fix parsing of unknown keymap names.

  • Blame view: fix parent blame to detect renames. It uses "previous" line info from the blame porcelain output added in Git version 1.6.3.



  • Setting the cursor color no longer automatically sets the text to bold. The old lazy behavior was a bug.

  • Remove check for git-repo-config, which was officially deprecated in Git version 1.5.4. The configure script no longer depends on Git being installed.


  • Provide the manual as a man page named tigmanual(7).

  • Add ability to toggle between showing shorter dates (without time info) and relative dates. Use D to toggle between date formats.

  • Show the active (instead of the default) keybindings in the help view. Furthermore, honor the keymap when suggesting actions in the help messages.

  • Add branch view for choosing which branch to display in the main view. Bound to H by default.

  • Tree view: show entry to parent directory (..) when running from subdirectory.

  • Tree view: sort entries by name, date or author. Toggling is bound to i by default, with I controlling whether or not to sort in ascending order.

  • Make height of the lower view in a split view configurable by setting the split-view-height variable to a number or a percentage. Defaults to 2/3 of the total view height.

  • Allow multiple text attributes for color commands:

    color cursor white blue underline bold

Bug fixes:

  • Blame view: fix loading of blame data when opened from the tree view and CWD is not the repo root. (Debian bug 540766)

  • Tree view: fix searching.



  • Status view: improve "on branch" information inspired by the prompt code in Git’s bash completion script.

  • Colors for 256-capable terminals can be specified as colorN.

  • Entering a number in the prompt will jump to that line number.

  • Handle core.worktree by setting GIT_DIR and GIT_WORK_TREE.

  • Make behavior of horizontal scrolling configurable by setting the horizontal-scroll variable to a number or a percentage. Defaults to scrolling 50% of the view width.

Bug fixes:

  • Status view: show error when failing to open a file.

  • Status view: report failures to update a file.

  • Blame view: fix problem with uninitialized variable.

  • Blame view: use line number information when loading blame for specific commit.

  • Fix handling of quoted strings in the config file.

  • Fix horizontal scrolling glitches.



  • The screen-resize action has been deprecated. It had no real use for users and was never meant to be exposed.

  • The "tree-parent" action was renamed to "parent". Warnings will be emitted for transition.

  • Remove parsing of deprecated option -S and subcommands log and diff.

  • The "author" color replaces "main-author". Setting the latter will now set the "author" color.


  • Horizontal scrolling. Bound to Left/Right by default.

  • Read tigrc(5) options from Git configuration files using the syntax:

    [tig] show-rev-graph = true
    [tig "color"] cursor = yellow red bold
    [tig "bind"] generic = P parent
  • Tree view: avoid flickering when updating.

  • Tree view: annotate entries with commit information.

  • Tree & blob view: open any blob in an editor.

  • Stage & main view: restore view position when reloading.

  • Blame view: load blame for parent commit. For merge commits the parent is queried. Bound to , by default via the existing "parent" action.

  • Abbreviate author names to initials when the width of the author column is below 6 characters.

Bug fixes:

  • Tree view: fix memory corruption bug when updating.

  • Tree view: improve handling of empty trees.

  • Status view: fix reverting of unmerged files.

  • Fix regression for non-UTF-8 locales corrupting the view data.

  • Fix regression parsing multiple spaces in ~/.tigrc.



  • Commands from the environment (e.g. TIG_MAIN_CMD) will no longer have access to shell features, such as subshells and variable expansion. The easiest way to upgrade your configuration is to put such commands in a script file or as a Git alias.


  • Display repository references in the sorted order: tags, heads, tracked remotes, remotes.

  • Add bash completion for blame.

  • Tree view: edit files of the current branch.

  • Run requests: new identifiers %(directory), %(file), and %(ref)

  • Improve responsiveness and view loading speed by using select(2).

Bug fixes:

  • Separate blame revision and file argument by "--" to avoid problems.

  • Main view: fix redrawing of the last commit wrt. the revision graph.

  • Fix waiting for input after executing a run request in pager mode.

  • Status & stage view: refuse to open directories and deleted files.

  • Tree view: show error when requesting blame for all non-file entries.

  • Do not draw loading views, which are not displayed.

  • Fix launching of mergetool from a subdirectory.



  • Status view: revert uncommitted diff chunks and unstaged files with changes. Bound to ! by default.

  • Main view: use --topo-order also when rev-list arguments are given on the command line.

  • Log view: support for refreshing.

Bug fixes:

  • Status view: use ls-files' --exclude-standard so user specific ignore rules are effective. The option was added in Git version 1.5.4.

  • Stage view: fix assertion failure triggered when updating while status view is not displayed.

  • Help view: avoid confusion by showing "(no key)" instead of "?" for unbound requests.

  • Reload repository references when refreshing the main (and log) view.

  • Do not maximize views when refreshing.



  • F5 also refreshes the current view.

  • Allow line graphics to be disabled with new line-graphics option.

  • Main view: also include the reference names when searching.

  • Main view: support for refreshing.

  • Main view: disable boundary commits by default. Use --boundary when they should be shown. (Debian bug 498628)

  • Stage view: add stage-next action to jump to next diff chunk that can be staged. By default bound to @.

  • Configure: check for the ncurses header files.

  • Add author-width option to customize the width of the author column. For example, put the following in ~/.tigrc: set author-width = 10

Bug fixes:

  • Fix regression when staging all diff chunks in a section.

  • Bind the maximize view action to O; it conflicted with the keybinding to launch the merge tool in the status view.

  • Fix problem with $(cmd) usage in shell code. Some shells (jsh) installed as /bin/sh does not support it.

  • Do not show incomplete boundary commits when --no-walk is used.

  • Documentation: Rename gitlink macro to support AsciiDoc 8.2.3.

  • Ignore pipe reads with errno "Success" reported after a signals, for example when refreshing doing background loading.



  • Remove parsing of deprecated options: -g, -l, -d.

  • The first seen -- will stop option parsing and is passed to Git instead of breaking out of Tig’s option parsing.

New features:

  • Blame view; bound to B by default, reachable from the command line and the tree, status, and stage views.

  • Blame/main view: allow display of date, author, and references to be toggled on/off. Bound to D, A, and F respectively.

  • Add action to maximize the current view.


  • Show the current branch in the status view.

  • Show local/light-weight tags.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix regressions for the pager mode.

  • Fix refreshing of the index with working directory info.



  • Status view: detect renamed files and show them with R.

  • Status view: refresh the index to avoid "empty diffs".

  • Diff view: make diff headers more verbose to include e.g. committer.

  • Configure: check for the ncursesw library.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix UTF-8 handling for tag names and commit messages.

  • Fix the check for git-config(1) in configure to handle the case when Git has been installed using a libexecdir which is not in the path.

  • Fix replacing of SYSCONFDIR when installing from released tarballs.



  • Deprecate most Tig specific command line options to make Tig more compatible with gitk. The deprecated options are: -g, -l, -d, and -S. Use of any of them will result in a warning being printed to stderr. Instead of -S, use the new status subcommand.

  • Make man page building depend on DocBook XSL version >= 1.72.0.

  • Install man pages in $(prefix)/share/man.

  • Implement the cherry pick action (bound to C) using new support for running external commands. This obsoletes the TIG_CHEERY_PICK environment variable

New features:

  • Add support for binding keys to external commands. To bind . to running git-commit(1), add the line: "bind generic . !git commit" to your ~/.tigrc. Each command can have replacement string such as %(commit), %(head), and %(blob), which are substituted before the command is run.

  • Add system-wide configuration file defaulting to $(prefix)/etc/tigrc.

  • Add the environment variables TIGRC_USER and TIGRC_SYSTEM to change user and system-wide configuration files, respectively.


  • Main view: color the revision graph.

  • Main view: show boundary commits; they are marked with ^ in the revision graph.

  • Tree view: add tree-parent action to jump to view of the parent tree. Bound to , by default.

  • Allow the default terminal colors to be overwritten. To use black text on white, add the line "color default white black" to your ~/.tigrc.

  • Misc. documentation improvements.

Bug fixes:

  • Use git-diff-index(1) and git-diff-files(1) instead of git-diff(1) to avoid running external diff drivers.

  • Use --no-color when calling git-log(1).

  • Fix crash when opening mergetool for lines that are not unmerged.



  • Make the clean rule to never remove generated documentation files. Use the distclean rule for accomplishing this.

New features:

  • Add support for cherry-picking commits in the main view to the current branch. Bound to C by default.


  • Add support for launching git-mergetool(1) from the status view. Bound to M by default.

  • Add support for refreshing/reloading the status view

  • Detect working trees and disable the status view when it is missing.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix iconv() checking in configure.

  • Fix editor invocation to make paths relative to the project root.

  • Fix out-of-range current line when reloading the status view.

  • Include autoconf files in the tarball generated by make dist.


New features:

  • Add bash completion script for Tig (contrib/tig-completion.bash).

  • Add optional autoconf-based build infrastructure.

  • Add stage view for showing changes in the working tree and add support for staging individual diff chunks for commit.


  • Status view: allow all files in a section to be staged for commit.

  • Status view: Add support for opening files in an editor. Bound to e by default.

  • Tree view: use a stack for remembering the lines for parent tree.

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