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This page shows options which influence the executed Git (and Hg) commands.


Only select the Allow modifying pushed commits (e.g. forced-push) if you are sure you know Git well enough to understand the consequences of forced push.


When Contact to show images for the users is selected, a hash of the email address is generated and then is contacted to request the belonging graphic which the user first has to configure there.


With Detect Renames enabled, SmartGit will detect renames of added/removed and optionally also untracked/missing file pairs.

Background Commands

Options on this page define what operations SmartGit might perform automatically when it is in background.

Local and Remote Changes

If Detect Remote Changes is selected, SmartGit will poll the remote repositories of the favorite Git repositories in regular intervals for changes. To avoid excessive overhead, by default only the lightweight git ls-remote command is invoked, so you only get a notification about changes. Note that this command will not notice if, for example, the currently checked out feature branch has been merged and removed.

If Fetch closed 'favorite' repositories or Fetch open repositories when idle is selected, SmartGit also will perform fetch-operations which actually will fetch the changes from the remote repositories, but can be more resource-hungry.


On this page you can define external tools which can operate on certain selections. A couple of default tools are already preconfigured:

Open File

This tool will invoke the system's default open command, e.g. to launch a graphic viewer for .png files.

Open in Terminal

This tool will open the selected directory in the terminal application.

Format Patch

This tool will create a patch between either the selected commit/ref and the working tree or the selected two commits/refs.

Apply Patch

This tool will show a file open dialog and then apply the selected patch.

Fast-Forward Merge

This tool allows to right-click local, tracked branches in the Branches view to perform a fast-forward merge for purely remote changes, especially if you want to avoid having to check out the branch.

Diff Tools

On this page you can configure different GUI diff tools. The list is searched from top to bottom. It is also possible to configure viewer applications, e.g. for graphic files, which then will be invoked two times for the files to be compared.


On this page you can configure the proxy to be used by SmartGit. The proxy will be used exactly as configured for the check for new versions. It will also be used for Git HTTP and HTTPs under certain conditions:

  • Use following proxy has been selected and
  • there is no http.proxy and no https.proxy configuration found in your .gitconfig and Git's system config and
  • the neither of following system environment variables is set: HTTP_PROXYHTTPS_PROXY, NO_PROXY


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