SnailGit is a TortoiseGit-like Git client, implemented as a Finder extension.

SnailGit allows you to access the most frequently used Git features via the Finder context menu (right click).

SnailGit also adds icon overlays to your Git repositories in Finder. It tracks your Git repositories and updates the icon overlays automatically, giving you visual feedback of the current state of your repositories.

In a few steps, you can start using SnailGit Lite easily:
1. Enable "SnailGit Lite Extension" in "System Preferences » Extensions".
2. Clone a Git repository with SnailGit Lite (File » Git Clone...) or add an existing Git repository to SnailGit Lite.
3. Navigate to your repository in Finder and right click to access SnailGit Lite functionalities.


Q: What's the difference between SnailGit Lite and SnailGit full version?
A: SnailGit Lite supports only one repository, while the full version supports unlimited repositories. If you are working on multiple Git repositories, please purchase SnailGit full version (search for "SnailGit" on the Mac App Store).

Q: There is no icon overlays / context menu for the files?
A: Please make sure that you've enabled "SnailGit Lite Extension" in "System Preferences » Extensions", and also make sure that you've added the repository to SnailGit Lite Preferences.
If your Git repository is monitored by multiple Finder extensions, please make sure that SnailGit Lite Extension comes first in "System Preferences » Extensions » Finder", you can drag and drop the extensions to adjust the order.
If the problem persists, please disable "SnailGit Lite Extension" in "System Preferences » Extensions" and then enable it again. The last resort is to relaunch Finder or restart your computer.

Q: What kind of URL schemes does SnailGit support?
A: SnailGit supports the following URL schemes:
• http://
• https://
• git://
• ssh://

Q: Does SnailGit work well with other Git clients?
A: In theory, SnailGit works with any kinds of Git clients that is compatible with Git 2.6, from the command line client to the GUI apps.

Q: SnailGit command-line interface?
A: The SnailGit command-line interface is located at "/Applications/".

Q: Does SnailGit work for file managers other than Finder?
A: SnailGit is primarily a Finder extension, so it is likely that it will not work for other file managers.

What’s New

Version 1.5.3

• Improve readability for macOS Mojave dark mode

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Chumparama ,

Snail Git moves quickly

If you’ve used Tortoise Git/SVN on Windows, you’ll be at home here. This utility is very useful if you use Finder to manage files under Git. It does just about everything you’d want.

One improvement I’d like to suggest. It’s great that the dialog shows the output of the Git command that was executed. However, I’d also like to see the actual command that was executed… not just the result.

Thwargle ,

Exactly what I was looking for

As a primarily windows developer, this is exaclty what I was looking for in terms of Finder integration. I have been used to tortoiseGIT with windows explorer, and was looking for an easy way to commit and push as well as view logs. This tool adds perfect icons to the file system with a familiar and easy to use context menu for performing common git operations.

douglas_goodall ,

Can't get past configuration

The initial setup of the program requires that system prefs->extensions enables SnailGit.
After enabling it per instructions, the program stops there refusing to acknowlege the setting.
I was looking forward to using this but too bad.

Developer Response ,

Hi, you can skip the last step by clicking the "Continue" button. Thank you!


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