With one of the coolest names out there, GitKraken is a smooth-running and intuitive Git client that makes it as straightforward as possible for you to open, create and clone repositories, create branches and even share code from under a single roof.
The application undergoes a streamlined installation process, subsequent to which you are required to log in using either your GitHub or Bitbucket credentials. For added convenience, GitKraken enables you to set up SSH keys for each service that help you stay logged in.
Upon launching the app, you are greeted by a well-organized main window and a modern-looking, black-themed interface, as default. Please note that GitKraken also offers a lighter UI theme, more suitable for very lit environments.
It does not take long to figure out that GitKraken is designed to be as simple as possible, without many distractions. The UI is responsive and fast and the transitions between menus are as smooth as they come.
Creating or cloning repositories is dealt with in practically no time and managing their content like adding, deleting, renaming, untracking files is but a few mouse clicks away. However, we must point out that GitKraken is still in a fairly young development stage and other features are likely to be implemented in the near future.
GitKraken does not feature a dedicated history section per se, you can easily get a clear view of the commit history with the help of the commit graph. By right clicking the specific files, you are able to view all the changes in their Detail panel. Furthermore, while for some users the provided support for GitHub or Bitbucket might be enough, others might find these two choices a limiting factor.
While plans for future implementation of support for submodules in GitKraken exists, for the time being, the app is fairly limited at separating external subprojects or libraries. Lastly, it would be nice if GitKraken would provide you with integration options with third-party apps that have the potential to improve your workflow.
All in all, GitKraken is an interesting, little Git Client that offers a modern interface, a solid environment for opening, cloning or creating new repositories and a set of basic features. Its overall simplicity might leave some advanced users wanting more, but one thing is for sure: beginner users are the ones that will benefit the most from using GitKraken.