git-crecord interactive selective commit tool

git-crecord interactive selective commit tool

Git crecord


git-crecord is a Git subcommand which allows users to interactively select changes to commit or stage using a ncurses-based text user interface. It is a port of the Mercurial crecord extension originally written by Mark Edgington.

Screenshot of git-crecord in action

git-crecord allows you to interactively choose among the changes you have made (with line-level granularity), and commit, stage or unstage only those changes you select. After committing or staging the selected changes, the unselected changes are still present in your working copy, so you can use crecord multiple times to split large changes into several smaller changesets.


git-crecord assumes you have Python 3.9 or later installed as /usr/bin/python3.

git-crecord ships with a installer based on setuptools. To install git-crecord, simply type:

./ install

This will install git-crecord itself, its manpage and this README file into their proper locations.

Alternatively, to install it manually, symlink git-crecord into the directory where Git can find it, which can be a directory in your $PATH:

ln -s $PWD/git-crecord ~/.local/bin/git-crecord

Now you should have a new subcommand available for you.

When you're ready to commit some of your changes, type:

git crecord

This will bring up a window where you can view all of your changes, and select/de-select changes. You can find more information on how to use it in the built-in help (press the '?' key).

git crecord supports most popular options of git commit: --author=, --date=, --message=, --amend, --signoff.


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License version 2 text for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this package; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA


For the list of contributors, see CONTRIBUTORS.

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Mar 30, 2022