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What is Check It Out?

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Check It Out lets you interactively see and choose what branch you want to check out without the hassle of trying to type out a long or confusing branch name. Checking out branches just got even simpler!


Node >= v6.0
Git - Required for core features


Check It Out currently has known issues with Windows. Some users have reported it working while others have reported that it does not. It is built and tested mostly in an Arch Linux environment with some user testing on MacOS and other Linux distributions. We're currently looking for help figuring out why Check It Out is unstable on Windows. See CIO-128


We're on NPM!

 npm install -g check-it-out 

Installing from source

Fork or clone the repository

 git clone 

Navigate to your repository and run

 npm install 

Creat a symbolic link to your entry point


In the repository directory run:

 npm link 


Run this command to list local and remote branches!

Using Check It Out


Call git log on current highlighted branch with space

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Command Description
j/k, / Navigate the list
h/l, / Previous/Next remote
Ctrl+r Refresh list with a fetch and prune
enter Select highlighted item
space Git log
q, Ctrl+c, esc Quit


Git log argument validation is planned, but not finished. Currently, if the git log fails, space should not crash the app, but the process should not spawn at all.

Configurable settings can be found at


Options Include:

To reset Check It Out to its original configurations listed above, start with the flag --reset-config:

checkit --reset-config


Please refer to Contributing Guidelines.


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