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

SnailGit allows you to access the most frequently used Git features from the Finder context menu.

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

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


Q: There is no icon overlays / context menu for the files?
A: Please make sure that you've enabled "SnailGit Extension" in "System Preferences » Extensions", and also make sure that you've added the repository to SnailGit Preferences.
If your Git repository is monitored by multiple Finder extensions, please make sure that SnailGit 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 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

1.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Completely original nickname 249673 ,

Incompatible with Xcode projects

For the most part, this is a decent re-creation of TortoiseGit on the Mac, but it misses a lot of opportunities to make its interface more intuitive and Mac-like (for example, when you go to amend a previous commit, why does it make you start over with a blank commit message instead of letting you edit the message from the commit you're amending?).

However, it seems to have serious issues when used together with Xcode. If I do any source control operation from within Xcode on a repo that is also in SnailGit, SnailGit always stops updating its status icons, and sometimes completely disappears from the Finder until I manually disable and reenable its Finder extension.

I've used SnailGit together with other IDEs that have their own git integration, like Coda, and it works for the most part but I occasionally have to manually refresh SnailGit's status after performing any operations from within Coda.

trollboy665 ,

Not stable

I’ve had issues with the functionality dropping off and on. I would *not* call this a stable product. For the free version that’s to be expected and is not a big deal. I’m routinely having to uncheck and recheck the extension option. While I appreciate it wanting to behave like TortoiseSVN.. it most certainly does not meet it in terms of stability.

AddictArts ,

Extremely high resource usage, CPU and Memory, kill its use

The application has some nice features and use if you ignore the CPU and Memory high usage. It uses Gigabytes of memory for a cache process. When I enable it, this usage is higher than anyother application I use. Higher than Google Chrome with 30 tabs open, higher than Unreal Engine 4 Editor. It really is a dissapointment and I like using the context menu. I don’t care about the colored finder items and wish there was an option to keep the context menu, but loose the colored icon overlays. I hope this gets a fix, the resource usage is way out of control. It needs to be tested against big git repositories. I can’t recommend it, I want to, but it is not usable. This is my experience on Yosemite.


Coral Wu
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Developer Tools

OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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