Better and happier git-diff package for Atom editor.

apm install git-diff-plus@0.4.0


Atom git-diff-plus package

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The better and happier alternative for git-diff package for Atom editor.

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This git-diff-plus package was originally a clone of git-diff package, bundled with Atom itself by default, and covers every functionality provided by it, but also includes lots of enhancements and refactors.

There are mainly these advantages below for you to use git-diff-plus over git-diff.

  1. Tracks git diffs for every file under .git repository, meaning you can see the diffs of files both in the current Atom projects and outside of the projects

    • git-diff can only shows diffs of files in current projects ...
  2. Indicates per-file diffs in the Status-Bar as well as in editor gutters

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    • Of course you can disable this integration via your config setting
  3. Includes a lot of valuable refactors. E.g.:

    • Can recognize an newly added repository
    • Don't cause error after an previously recognized repository is removed
    • Gutter icons don't collide with gutter elements exported by Atom-IDE-UI
    • Better disposers, minimal condition checks
    • and etc...


  1. Install Atom
  2. Install git-diff-plus package: Follow either way below
    • Run command apm install git-diff-plus
    • Follow GUI menu File -> Settings -> Install and search for git-diff-plus and click Install button
  3. Disable git-diff package: Follow either way
    • Run command apm disable git-diff
    • Follow the GUI menu File -> Settings -> Packages and search for git-diff and click Disable button
  4. Open any file under .git repository


  • git-diff package is bundled with Atom itself by default
  • Disabling git-diff is recommended to avoid duplicated works and collisions of the commands
    • Don't worry, git-diff-plus overrides every functionality provided by git-diff
  • Actually git-diff-plus would automatically detect if git-diff is activated and if so shows buttons to disable it via an notification, thus you can even skip step 3.



Diff indicators in editor gutters:

Config: Show Icons In Editor Gutter false (default) true

Diff indicators in the Status-bar


  • You can click the Status-Bar tile to invoke git-diff-plus:Toggle-Diff-List
  • Disable this tile via setting config Show Diffs In Status Bar to false


  • Git Diff Plus: Move To Previous Diff (Alt-G Up): move the cursor to the previous diff in the editor
  • Git Diff Plus: Toggle Diff List (Alt-G D): see all the diffs in a current active editor
  • Git Diff Plus: Rebuild Repository Cache: invoke this command when you find diffs for an newly added repository is not recognized

Why git-diff-"plus" ?,

There is a difficult issue around finding a correct .git repository and the Atom's core team is now trying to solve this in an higher level, thus the specific issues around it are kind of pending AFAIU.

But still I found the fixes to them are really useful, and so this package is here as a community package. Thus, in that sense, this package is a temporal remedy for the issues like:

Even this package works very fine as far as I've used this, this package may fail to find/subscribe a repository (still I'm sure the method that this git-diff-plus uses to find/subscribe .git repository is much more better than the original git-diff though). So please help me find issues by reporting it if you encounter a problem !


This package is under MIT License, which is the modified version of the original MIT License.


The original code base was borrowed from the one in git-diff package.


  • KADOWAKI, Shuhei - Undergraduate@Kyoto Univ. - aviatesk