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git-gutter.el is port of GitGutter which is a plugin of Sublime Text. git-gutter.el also supports Mercurial and Subversion and Bazaar.

git-gutter.el also supports TRAMP so you can use git-gutter.el for remote files.




If you use git-gutter.el for Subversion, please use Subversion 1.8 or higher.

git-gutter.el vs git-gutter-fringe.el

| | git-gutter.el | git-gutter-fringe.el | |:———————|:—————:|:——————–:| | Work in tty frame | OK | NG | | Work with linum-mode | OK(experimental)| OK | | Show on right side | NG | OK | | More configurable | OK | NG |


You can install git-gutter.el from MELPA with package.el (M-x package-install git-gutter).

And you can also install it with el-get.

Global Minor Mode and Minor Mode

git-gutter.el provides global minor-mode(global-git-gutter-mode) and minor-mode(git-gutter-mode).

If you want to use git-gutter for files in git repository. You add following s-exp in your configuration file(~/.emacs.d/init.el or ~/.emacs).

(global-git-gutter-mode +1)

Other case, you want to use git-gutter for some files, you can use git-gutter-mode. Following example of enabling git-gutter for some mode.

(add-hook 'ruby-mode-hook 'git-gutter-mode)
(add-hook 'python-mode-hook 'git-gutter-mode)


git-gutter.el provides following commands.


Jump to next hunk(alias git-gutter:next-diff)


Jump to previous hunk(alias git-gutter:previous-diff)


Set start revision where got diff(git diff, hg diff or bzr diff) from.


Popup current diff hunk(alias git-gutter:popup-diff)

git-gutter:next-hunk and git-gutter:previous-hunk update content of buffer popuped by git-gutter:popup-diff to current hunk.


Stage current hunk. You can use this command like git add -p. This command is supported only for git.


Revert current hunk


Show changes from last commit or Update change information. Please execute this command if diff information is not be updated.


Clear changes


Toggle git-gutter


Setup for working with linum-mode.


Update git-gutter information of buffers in all visible window.

Sample Configuration

(require 'git-gutter)

;; If you enable global minor mode
(global-git-gutter-mode t)

;; If you would like to use git-gutter.el and linum-mode

;; If you enable git-gutter-mode for some modes
(add-hook 'ruby-mode-hook 'git-gutter-mode)

(global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-g") 'git-gutter:toggle)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x v =") 'git-gutter:popup-hunk)

;; Jump to next/previous hunk
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x p") 'git-gutter:previous-hunk)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x n") 'git-gutter:next-hunk)

;; Stage current hunk
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x v s") 'git-gutter:stage-hunk)

;; Revert current hunk
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x v r") 'git-gutter:revert-hunk)


Live updating

If you set git-gutter:update-interval seconds larger than 0, git-gutter updates diff information in real-time by idle timer.

 '(git-gutter:update-interval 2))

You can stop timer by git-gutter:cancel-update-timer and starts by git-gutter:start-update-timer.

Look and feel


You can change the signs and those faces.

 '(git-gutter:modified-sign "  ") ;; two space
 '(git-gutter:added-sign "++")    ;; multiple character is OK
 '(git-gutter:deleted-sign "--"))

(set-face-background 'git-gutter:modified "purple") ;; background color
(set-face-foreground 'git-gutter:added "green")
(set-face-foreground 'git-gutter:deleted "red")

You can change minor-mode name in mode-line to set git-gutter:lighter. Default is “ GitGutter”

;; first character should be a space
 '(git-gutter:lighter " GG"))

Using full width characters


Emacs has char-width function which returns character width. git-gutter.el uses it for calculating character length of the signs. But char-width does not work for some full-width characters. So you should explicitly specify window width, if you use full-width character.

 '(git-gutter:window-width 2)
 '(git-gutter:modified-sign "☁")
 '(git-gutter:added-sign "☀")
 '(git-gutter:deleted-sign "☂"))


git-gutter.el supports Git, Mercurial, Subversion and Bazaar backends. You can set backends which git-gutter.el will be used. Default value of git-gutter:handled-backends is '(git). If you want to use git-gutter.el for other VCS, please change value of git-gutter:handled-backends as below.

;; Use for 'Git'(`git`), 'Mercurial'(`hg`), 'Bazaar'(`bzr`), and 'Subversion'(`svn`) projects
 '(git-gutter:handled-backends '(git hg bzr svn)))

Updates hooks

diff information is updated at hooks in git-gutter:update-hooks.

(add-to-list 'git-gutter:update-hooks 'focus-in-hook)

Updates commands

diff information is updated after command in git-gutter:update-commands executed.

(add-to-list 'git-gutter:update-commands 'other-window)

Disabled modes

If you use global-git-gutter-mode, you may want some modes to disable git-gutter-mode. You can make it by setting git-gutter:disabled-modes to non-nil.

;; inactivate git-gutter-mode in asm-mode and image-mode
 '(git-gutter:disabled-modes '(asm-mode image-mode)))

Default is nil.

Show Unchanged Information


git-gutter.el can view unchanged information by setting git-gutter:unchanged-sign. Like following.

 '(git-gutter:unchanged-sign " "))
(set-face-background 'git-gutter:unchanged "yellow")

Default value of git-gutter:unchanged-sign is nil.

Show a separator column


git-gutter.el can display an additional separator character at the right of the changed signs. This is mostly useful when running emacs in a console.

 '(git-gutter:separator-sign "|"))
(set-face-foreground 'git-gutter:separator "yellow")

Default value of git-gutter:separator-sign is nil.

Please set git-gutter:always-show-separator to non-nil, if you want to show separator always.

Hide gutter if there are no changes

Hide gutter when there are no changes if git-gutter:hide-gutter is non-nil. (Default is nil)

 '(git-gutter:hide-gutter t))

Pass option to ‘git diff’ command

You can pass git diff option to set git-gutter:diff-option.

;; ignore all spaces
 '(git-gutter:diff-option "-w"))

Log/Message Level

;; Don't need log/message.
 '(git-gutter:verbosity 0))

Default value is 4(0 is lowest, 4 is highest).

Run hook

Run hook git-gutter-mode-on-hook when git-gutter-mode is turn on, and run hook git-gutter-mode-off-hook when git-gutter-mode is turn off.

See Also


GitGutter is Sublime Text plugin.


Vim version of GitGutter


diff-hl has more features than git-gutter.el and is vc friendly.


Fork of git-gutter.el.

Another implementation of git-gutter.el

How to write another implementation