Start a project
You’ll find all the projects you’re working on listed in the sidebar. If you’re starting a new project, use the repository drop down menu to create a new repository or clone an existing one directly from GitHub.com.
Branches are essential to proposing changes and reviewing code on GitHub—and they’re always available in the top left corner of the repository view. Just select the current branch to switch branches or create a new one.
Craft the perfect commit
View a diff of your uncommitted changes, and form the perfect commit by selecting the files—or even the specific lines—that make up a change. Enter the summary and description, then commit.
See your history
Visualize your changes and commits in the comparison graph. You can select commits on the graph to navigate through the history of your local branches.
Create a pull request
Once you’re happy with your commits, you can open a pull request for review and discussion without leaving GitHub Desktop or touching the command line.
Merge and deploy
Browse commits on local and remote branches to quickly and clearly see what changes still need to be merged. You can also merge your code to the master branch for deployment right from the app.
- Embedded Git not working for core.longpath usage in some environments - #7028
- "Recover missing repository" can get stuck in a loop - #7038
- New Clone, create, or add repositories right from the repository dropdown - #5878
- New Drag-and-drop to add local repositories from macOS tray icon - #5048
- Added Resolve merge conflicts through a guided flow - #5400
- Added Allow merging branches directly from branch dropdown - #5929. Thanks @bruncun!
- Added Commit file list now has "Copy File Path" context menu action - #2944. Thanks @Amabel!
- Added Keyboard shortcut for "Rename Branch" menu item - #5964. Thanks @agisilaos!
- Added Notify users when a merge is successfully completed - #5851
- Fixed "Compare on GitHub" menu item enabled when no repository is selected - #6078
- Fixed Diff viewer blocks keyboard navigation using reverse tab order - #2794
- Fixed Launching Desktop from browser always asks to clone repository - #5913
- Fixed Publish dialog displayed on push when repository is already published - #5936
- Improved "Publish Repository" dialog handles emoji characters - #5980. Thanks @WaleedAshraf!
- Improved Avoid repository checks when no path is specified in "Create Repository" dialog - #5828. Thanks @JakeHL!
- Improved Clarify the direction of merging branches - #5930. Thanks @JQuinnie!
- Improved Default commit summary more explanatory and consistent with GitHub.com - #6017. Thanks @Daniel-McCarthy!
- Improved Display a more informative message on merge dialog when branch is up to date - #5890
- Improved Getting a repository's status only blocks other operations when absolutely necessary - #5952
- Improved Display current branch in header of merge dialog - #6027
- Improved Sanitize repository name before publishing to GitHub - #3090. Thanks @Daniel-McCarthy!
- Improved Show the branch name in "Update From Default Branch" menu item - #3018. Thanks @a-golovanov!
- Improved Update license and .gitignore templates for initializing a New repository - #6024. Thanks @say25!
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