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check-it-out v1.0.2

Easy git checkout CLI tool.

Check It Out Logo

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Check it out, before you checkout.

Check It Out lets you interactively see and choose what branch you want to check out without the hassle of trying to type out a long or confusing branch name. Checking out branches just got even simpler!


Node >= v4.0

Git - Required for core features


Check It Out currently has known issues with Windows. Some users have reported it working while others have reported that it does not. It is built and tested mostly in an Arch Linux environment with some user testing on MacOS and other Linux distributions. We're currently looking for help figuring out why Check It Out is unstable on Windows. See CIO-128


We're on NPM!

npm install -g check-it-out

Installing from source

Fork or clone the repository

git clone

Navigate to your repository directory and run

npm install

Create a symbolic link to the entry point

In the repository directory run:

npm link


To get started, just run:




Check It Out Usage


See a git log for the highlighted ref by pressing SPACE

Quick Git Log!

j/k, /Navigate the list
h/l, /Previous/Next remote
Ctrl+rRefresh list with a fetch and prune
enterSelect highlighted item
spaceGit log
q, Ctrl+c, escQuit


Git log argument validation is planned, but not finished. Currently, if the git log fails, space should not crash the app, but the process should not spawn at all.

Configurable settings can be found at ~/.config/configstore/check-it-out.json

Options include:

  • gitLogArguments
    • Type: Array
    • Default: ['--color=always', '--pretty=format:%C(yellow)%h %Creset%s%Cblue [%cn] %Cred%d ']
    • Array of strings of valid git log arguments.
  • sort
    • Type: String
    • Default: -committerdate
    • Sort references by latest commit date. Value must be a valid sort key or Check It Out will break on start.
  • themeColor
    • Type: String
    • Default: #FFA66D
    • A hex color code to style Check It Out

To reset Check It Out to its original configurations listed above, start with the flag --reset-config:

checkit --reset-config


Please refer to the Contributing Guidelines before contributing.

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Many thanks to all those who have helped!

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Thanks to @kiend for the inspiration and motivation to finish this project. Check This Out.

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