GitQlient 1.5.0 released

I’m happy to announce the release of GitQlient 1.5.0

It has passed almost a year and is not that I forgot to maintain GitQlient, is that some of the refactoring that I wanted to include in the 1.5.0 version needed also about a big thinking on how GitQlient is designed and how its architecture looks like.

In this release I’ve focused in UX by adding more options on context menus, being more conscious about the size the widgets take and also about the information that is presented. I’m always trying to make it as readable and accessible as possible, but there are times that the space available in the screen is just no enough! 😀

As I was saying in the beginning, one big re-work that I’ve done in this version is the management of plugins. Since the addition of the Jenkins and GitHub connectivity (specially the last one), I’ve felt that GitQlient was doing too many things at once and the size of the applications (specially the libraries linked) where punishing some future usages. In the past I used to ship a GitQlientPlugin for QtCreator that due to the need of WebEngine libraries (and others as well) was impossible to do anymore. And I wanted to bring it back, so for this version I’ve managed to split this nice features in their own plugins and make them downloadable from GitQlient.

This has allowed me to add a terminal to GitQlient (as it was added in the first drafts/release if I remember correctly). The good thing is that this terminal is based (in the future will be directly gathered) on QTermWidget, so full support for output and commands in there. I’ve found myself using it quite a lot recently!

GitQlient 1.5.0 binaries

You can find the binaries for GitQlient 1.5.0 on the release section on the GitHub repo:

New features in GitQlient 1.5.0


  • Hunks view: possible to stage by hunk or by line!
  • GitQlient supports the Qt plugin system:
    • Jenkins and GitPlatform (access to GitHub/GitLab) have been moved to independent plugins.
    • Support for terminal via plugins (download managed inside GitQlient) for Linux and MacOS.
  • Shortcuts on Controls panel and for toggling Branches view.
  • Delete local branches that are grouped by folder in the branches panel.


  • Merge widget: now it’s possible to manage deleted files in the merge view.
  • Auto-fetch enabled and configurable.
  • Log output folder can be customized.
  • Font size configurable.
  • Support for global gitingore file.
  • Right panel (branches, tags, stashes, etc.) has all parts collapsable.

Known issues

  • Any MacOS issues are still opened waiting for testability on that system.

GitQlient 1.4.0 released

I’m happy to announce the release of GitQlient 1.4.0

Five months after the last big release, I present you a new GitQlient 1.4.0 version. This comes with less features than the previous versions but in exchange I hope it brings better performance.

In this release I’ve focused in the performance of the Git queries and the RAM memory used by GitQlient. I’ve done a deep research on the usage of QString and the allocations that were done to reduce them to the minimum. I’ve also added an internal cache system so now the UI won’t freeze every time the main graph needs to be refreshed. This also includes the separation between the data update of the references and the log history.

During this version I’ve paused the development of GitHub integration although is totally stable and usable, and the integration of Jenkins. This last integration will take a bit longer to refactor so I’ll focus on it in the following releases.

GitQlient 1.4.0 binaries

You can find the binaries for GitQlient 1.4.0 on the release section on the GitHub repo:

New features in GitQlient 1.4.0?

  • Squash merge branches
  • Squash commits: it is now possible to squash the last commits of the current branch. Of course, if the commits where already pushed to remote, they will need to be pushed force.
  • GitQlient now has an internal cache: Local Git operations will be done against the cache and later asynchronously against remote. This allow GitQlient to run faster for local changes that doesn’t need synchronization. This also reduces the UI freeze when refreshing because of changes in the graph.
  • Credentials can be managed by GitQlient with the proper configuration. This can be done through the Config screen.
  • Multi cherry-pick: It is possible now to cherry-pick several commits at once when they’re not part of the current branch.
  • Search tags in the Branches widget: In addition to branches, it is possible to search tags by name.
  • DEB package: GitQlient is now release as well as a DEB package in addition to RPM.

Other features

Technical improvements:

  • Reduced the number of memory allocations (specially with QString)

Known issues:

  • Any MacOS issues are still opened waiting for a system to be tested on.

GitQlient 1.3.0 released

I’m happy to announce the release of GitQlient 1.3.0

Six months after the last big release, I present a new GitQlient 1.3.0 version. This comes with a lot of new stuff that I’m going to talk about in this post.

In this release I’ve continued UX refactor I started in the previous one. This time I harmonized the styles for both the bright and the dark color schemas. Another part I’ve focused in a follow-up of the last release, one of the main focus areas has been the UX in the commit area and in the code editor (adding search).

The second big area has been extending the support of GitQlient for other platforms as Haiku, providing RPMs for CentOS and Fedora and removing submodules to facilitate the release in ArchLinux.

The last area but the most important one is about the new functionality and the improvements that GitQlient 1.3.0 includes. This will need a new section, of course. One of the big changes is the inclusion of new Qt dependencies: WebEngineWidgets and WebChannel.

GitQlient 1.3.0 binaries

You can find the binaries for GitQlient 1.3.0 on the release section on the GitHub repo:

New features in GitQlient 1.3.0?

  • GitHub integration
  • Jenkins integration (preview)
  • Stage chunk
  • Subtrees
  • Deleting submodules
  • Remotes
  • Edit Git/GitQlient configuration in place
  • Translations enabled
  • Pomodoro

Extending GitQlient

One of the new things in this GitQlient 1.3.0 is the extension of the GitHub integration and the addition of Jenkins integration (as preview).

With the GitHub integration it is possible now to create issues and PRs. You can do code reviews of a PR with code extracts, comments, reviews and markdown support as well.

The other big feature, Jenkins, it’s in an early stage. You will be able to review the status of your remote Jenkins server, trigger builds and check the result of the different builds.

Finally, not a big feature but a nice to have one is the Pomodoro. GitQlient is becoming more a workspace manager than a simple GitQlient. So, I thought that having a pomodoro clock in GitQlient would be a nice to have feature.

Minor features

The UX/UI refactor I’ve been doing would be included in the minor features. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring any really big change, but I hope it simplifies workflows when doing certain Git operations. Among other changes I’ve included:

  • Showing if commits are signed: The History view now shows a green check on the author column if the commit is signed
  • Search functionality in code editor
  • Search functionality for the branches
  • Unified untracked and unstaged lists

The future

For the next release there are some nice features I’ve already planned:

  • Code refactor: Caused by the big growth of GitQlient.
  • Moving commits from UI
  • Squashing commits
  • DEB packages
  • Refactor the GitHub API classes
  • Finish Jenkins integration

As a result of the code growth during the last two releases I’d like to improve the structure and readability of it.

Consequently, I wouldn’t expect too many new additions or changes for next release but a better performance and code split to facilitate fixes and app extension in the future.

You can see the release planning and all the features that every release will contain in the Release Plan. And as always, if you’d like some feature or you’re missing something in GitQlient, check that it’s not yet in the backlog and open an issue on GitHub!

BenchmarkTool: time execution tracker

I had the idea of BenchmarkTool when I was trying to figure out why GitQlient was so slow on Windows machines. I had the impression and later on the evidences that in some cases the git client was holding for a long period without any known reason. And that was not happening on Linux.

Before I start hearing about profiling, I must say that I don’t want know how much CPU/RAM my application is using. This can be achieved with profilers, even for this case where the problem is on Windows. When I checked, those values were normal and the problem was in the what.

What process is making GitQlient so slow. Or in other words: what is taking so much execution time.

The idea of tracking time

The idea is not original at all. It’s similar to what Q_BENCHMARK does but for this specific case I wanted to have it in plain C++ so it’s as much portable as possible. This is fine to keep track of the execution of a method but sometimes you are losing the big picture. While doing operations on cascade you find yourself with a lot of tasks that aren’t long. The problem is that when you count them altogether they make a huge difference.

Additionally to the idea of benchmark the time for a single method execution I wanted to have a clear picture of the execution three inside workflow. This will allow me to identify the weak spots of the chain where the application is wasting more time.

Finally, another important thing is that I want to use it in other environments so the license must allow me that. That’s why I release it under BSD license.

How does BenchmarkTook work?

The current state is a singleton class that needs to be initialized with a TimeProvider object. That TimeProvider is optional and the BenchmarkTool creates one if not provided.

To start the benchmark of a method you can choose between two functions: BenchmarkStart or BenchmarkStartMsg. The only difference between these two is that the second one allows you to add a message to the function you want to benchmark.

Let’s say you are calling a method from different places. In this case you could put a message on the caller to differentiate when it’s called from.

Before the function ends, you will need to call BenchmarkEnd so it knows when the execution has finished and it can close that loop. This is important because otherwise the loop will be open and the output will be strange when not directly wrong.

Internally, the tool keeps a tree of calls so it waits until the every starting call ends to close the subtree. The library organizes the calls by thread so there is no danger in having several of them. They will be isolated in the output.

For now, it writes into a file when the execution finishes. But this is an area I’d like to improve before the first release.

Listeners in BenchmarkTool

BenchmarkTool also allows you to add listeners to it. A listener will be notify every time that a function starts and ends the benchmark. This is particularly useful for decentralised architectures where the functionality is better atomized.

As example, you could have a different library that sends the information collected by BenchmarkTool to a server. That tool would use the listener functionality to keep record of that.

Current status and future releases of BenchmarkTool

Right now the current status is officially under development. I wouldn’t use it in a production environment unless the goal is to do QA checks and validation. The main reason is that I still want to add some improvements and extensions on the features it supports.

As for the future, the plan is to release a first stable version before summer. But let’s see how that works. However, if you want to check the code, the GitHub repository is open, and the code is ready to check.

Deleaker review on GitQlient

Today I’m going to change the subject a bit! Even that is still based on Qt it only touches GitQlient tangentially. This time GitQlient is the test environment and thing to show is the Deleaker review!

Artem contacted me a long time ago and my plan was to publish a post before the word pandemic became mainstream. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons I’ve had to delay it until I found time.

I never checked how GitQlient was doing it with the memory before. Mainly because I trusted Qt handling it for me. That’s fine most of the time but is also a bit error-prone since GitQlient is doing a lot of things. And not always they are under Qt’s radar.

Nowadays, I’m keeping GitQlient running more than usual. That made me realize that memory is really important so it doesn’t swallow all the RAM in the computer. During Christmas I finally found some time to go back to my Windows partition to test Deleaker with GitQlient.

After some time with it I think I’ve learned a bit about how it works. So here are some of my thoughts!

My setup

For the test I’m using Visual Studio 2019 Community, although Deleaker also works with Qt Creator and it has a really nice integration. I’m using all the allocation types because I wanted to see everything although in my case I was interested in the memory ones:

Using all Deleaker allocation types
Using all Deleaker allocation types

Running Deleaker

The first test I did was to run GitQlient, open a repository and closing it without interacting with Git at all.

Deleaker allows you to take Snapshots and that’s a really powerful tool I’ve used during the whole test. In Visual Studio, you just need to go to Extensions -> Deleaker -> Deleaker Window. In the top left you can see the option Take Snapshot and that’s the one I press every time I did a significant change.

For this Deleaker review I used 3 snapshots in addition to the last one that Deleaker automatically creates. After you take a snapshot, the stack trace will be available for you to dig into it. So there is no need to wait until the final execution and remember what each snapshot was about. After the very first snapshot I got the following stack trace:

First snapshot with Deleaker
First snapshot of Deleaker

This scared me a lot, because I wasn’t expecting to get so many leaks to start with. But I was wrong: when I took the snapshots, the objects are attached to the life of their parent widget. So, for now I don’t need to worry!


Next step was to open a repository, take a snapshot and right after that, close it taking another snapshot afterwards. This is a summary of the snapshots I took:

  1. After GitQlient starts
  2. Once a Git repository is open
  3. After closing a Git repository
  4. Diff between #2 and #1
  5. Diff between #3 and #1
  6. Automatic snapshot after closing GitQlient

In Deleaker you can see the diff between two snapshots by clicking on the Compare with… button. That let’s you select the snapshot you want to compare with.

That’s a nice feature but I was confused since I expected to see the subtraction between both snapshots. What it seems not to be the case at least as straight-forward as I thought for the Snapshot #4.

I compared the status after I closed the repository and this time the results where way better. Deleaker actually detected several leaks I was having!

Leaks found!

One of them was located in GitRepoLoader class: I just forgot to use smart pointers!

Stack trace of Deleaker
Stack trace of Deleaker
The leak is detected!
The leak is detected!

Deleaker also help me finding a really nasty bug/leak that was quite challenge to fix. It involved threads and singletons and it was hard since it was during tearing down the app. The problem is apparently that the deleteLater() was not being called (or maybe not detected by Deleaker, since it’s managed by Qt). Digging more I found that QLogger had an issue when tearing down and sometimes I was actually leaking, so I did a refactor on it.

Another leak was in IssueDetailedView. According to Deleaker it was leaking all around and that was weird:

Leaking that much?
Leaking that much?

This was a especially difficult case to find the leak since the stack trace shows the creation of the object but nothing else. After digging a bit where this class is used I found that I was deleting layouts but not their content:

Forgot to delete those widgets!
Forgot to delete those widgets!

Checking the RAM usage

Another tool that I wanted to use is the RAM analyzer to see how much memory GitQlient is using and if it’s freeing it. I’m not entering in detail about how Qt works and what I can do for that (probably needs a post or a series of them). For the Deleaker review is to see how it performs compared to the Visual Studio tool.

For this case unfortunately I have to say that Visual Studio provides a better integration feature. On Deleaker I missed a mark in the RAM history for when I took the snapshot and to be able to scroll no it’s usage. On Visual Studio I’m able to tooltip the amount of memory that GitQlient was using in a specific moment:

The RAM usage of GitQlient
The RAM usage of GitQlient

Finally, one thing that needs improvements is the over-watch of the RAM when it’s being freed. On Deleaker I didn’t manage to get any significant change in the graph and that difficult me this specific task:

Comparison between Visual Studio and Deleaker
Comparison between Visual Studio and Deleaker

Deleaker review: some final thoughts

I feel that the Deleaker brings a more powerful UI that the tool that Visual Studio uses for the stack trace. It also detects (or at least shows) the files and lines way better and it allows you to select the module you want to process, so you can discard false positives really quick.

The integration with Qt applications makes it way more intuitive and easier to use that the Visual Studio tool. Especially when it comes to identify the file and line that is the root cause of the leak. On Visual Studio that gets quite messy when it comes to show the allocations.

In the performance part, I would like to see some more UI interactions with the RAM graph, especially when linked with snapshots. This can is a very powerful tool if you want to check not only leaks but performance.

QLogger: A Qt multi-threading logger

Since I restarted the blog more than 2 years ago I’ve never talked about QLogger in-depth. I linked to the repo and did a small introduction in the second entry (Logging with Qt) but that was all.

During this year QLogger has had some nice improvements going from some sort of threading to full multi-threading support. During the last month it went from close configuration to full. When once it was only possible to choose the log level, now you can configure a lot of different things, including the output type.

All of that while keeping the retro-compatibility from the old usage.

How to use of QLogger

The initialization of QLogger remains the same as it was before. It’s still follows the singleton pattern and same signature. The following line will create the instance if it doesn’t exist or it will retrieve the existing one:


After that you can choose to pause it so it doesn’t print any messages until you resume it:

const auto logger = QLoggerManager::getInstance();


Adding destinations (basic level)

QLogger works in a way where you add modules (at least one) and a file where you want to print. This is the simplest scenario and gives you the ability to add several modules that print in the same file by passing the list of modules. Or splitting the file printing a variable number of modules by adding destinations one by one.

const auto logger = QLoggerManager::getInstance();

logger->addDestination("myLog.log", "UI");
logger->addDestination("myOtherLog.log", {"Network", "DB"});

Finally, to change the log level of those modules, you can use the following:

const auto logger = QLoggerManager::getInstance();
const auto infoLogLevel = LogLevel::Debug;


Logging with QLogger

The easier way to log using QLogger is by using the predefined methods. They automatically log the message using the desired level from the following 7 ones:

  • QLog_Trace
  • QLog_Debug
  • QLog_Info
  • QLog_Warning
  • QLog_Error
  • QLog_Fatal

The usage would be something like:

QLog_Info("UI", QString("Executing the command: {%1}").arg(cmd));

If the choosen level (suffix _Info) is equal or higher than the configured level, it will print the message onto the destination.

New configuration for QLogger

Recently, a user named AphaseDev has introduced a new bunch of features in QLogger. That includes a whole level of configuration for the destinations as well as adding support for console logging using QLogger. The new configuration includes the following fields:

  • Folder where the logs directory will be placed.
  • Log mode: Now the user can define if the logs will be printed in the file, the console or both.
  • File name suffix: It is possible to configure the log file suffix showing the date and time or a number.
  • Log message format: The log message can include a wider amount of information and not only the module and the log message. It includes the thread that printed the message, the function who printed the message, and the file and line.

In addition to the configuration of the destination, it is now possible to configure the maximum size of the file. The default value is 1 MB but you can add any number in here. Removing the log files is also possible through the clearFileDestinationFolder method and optionally providing the oldest date to keep the files from.

It is also possible to overwrite the log mode (output redirected to console or log file) during execution time.


So far I’ve kept QLogger as an “under development” repository. The problem of releasing versions of a library for Qt is that I would have to provide versions compiled with all the possible compilers and at least several Qt versions, what is something annoying.

So far nobody has requested that and my intention is to keep the repository free of of pre-compiled libraries. However at the same time of this post I’m starting to add a release tag to the QLogger repository. This will allow users to have an easier way to get the tested and ready-for-production versions of the library.

Since this is a library, I’m concerned about breaking changes so I’m going to use the QT_DEPRECATED_X attribute (equivalent to the deprecated attribute added in C++14) and add that flag in the configuration of the project. This will allow people to get at least warnings or errors in the best case.

The code can be found in here.

Feel free to comment and let me know what you would like to see in QLogger in the future.

Released GitQlientPlugin 1.3.0 for QtCreator

I’m happy to announce the release of GitQlientPlugin 1.3.0

Three weeks ago I released a new version of GitQlient and now is the time to update the GitQlient plugin for QtCreator.

The new version of the plugin includes all the features already released in GitQlient. That includes the new tab system, the text editor as well as all the modifications in the UX/UI.

The binaries

You can find the binaries for GitQlientPlugin 1.3.0 on the release section on the GitHub repo. This time the plugin has come just after the release of Qt Creator 4.13, for that reason I’m providing versions for QtCreator 4.12 and 4.13.

Further work

Since GitQlientPlugin is a wrap of GitQlient, you can see the release planning and all the features that every release will contain in the Release Plan for GitQlient.

As always, if you’d like some feature or you’re missing something in GitQlient or in GitQlientPlugin, check that it’s not yet in the backlog and open an issue on GitHub!

New release of GitQlient 1.2.0

I’m happy to announce the release of GitQlient 1.2.0

Three months after the last minor release I present a new GitQlient 1.2.0 with some fixes, several improvements and a lot of new features. For this release I’ve put the main focus in the UI/UX. That includes both the new features and the improvements of the existing ones.

During this development phase, part of the UI changes have happened in the diff widget by providing multiple views for the changes. I’ve also added a tiny text editor with syntax highlight (for C/C++ for now). Other UI/UX changes are the possibility to minimize the branches widget and to pin repositories. All of this has been marinated with an improvement in the way the settings are stored.

Finally, it is worth to mention the tech preview of GitHub/GitLab integration where you can create issues, pull/merge requests as well as see the status of those in the graph view. This is a new path that I’ll explore in the future where I have other ideas about the integration of third party apps. As a complement, from now on, GitQlient will notify you when a new version is available!

The binaries

You can find the binaries for GitQlient 1.2.0 on the release section on the GitHub repo:

What’s new in GitQlient 1.2.0?

The new version includes a lot of things:

  • Pinned tabs
  • GitHub integration (tech preview)
  • Tiny text editor
  • New diff for the WIP
  • Minimalist branches widget
  • Refactored the diff view
  • Bright colours schema
  • Update notifications
  • Settings per repository
  • More configuration options

New WIP diff view

The new diff view adds the possibility of viewing the file in differnt ways (full view or split) as well as navigate through the changes (in the split mode for now).

When the diff it’s opened from the WIP view, it also adds several extra controls like edit, stage and revert.

New WIP diff view
GitQlient – New WIP diff view

New tiny text editor

The second big feature is the tiny text editor I’ve embedded in GitQlient. It allows you to edit the files that are currently in WIP and pending to be commited.

Some times I’ve missed the ability to edit the files because I forgot something and in QtCreator may be I’ve changed the project or closed the file. I usually work with very large projects and it’s very handy to have an editor just in case.

GitQlient tiny text editor
GitQlient – Tiny text editor

The future

For the next release there are some nice features already planned:

  • Add subtree Git feature support
  • Git LFS
  • RPM and DEB packages
  • Prepare GitQlient for translations

As I said, you can see the release planning and all the features that every release will contain in the Release Plan.

As always, if you’d like some feature or you’re missing something in GitQlient, check that it’s not yet in the backlog and open an issue on GitHub!

Non closable QDialog

This is quite beginner post but I believe it’s good to share what we learn through experience with the people that are starting. In this entry I’ll show you how to have a UI non closable QDialog but that it can be close from the code.

In GitQlient I’m using this dialog to inform the user that the repository is being loaded. There is some data I’m loading in the cache/background (branches, tags, etc) that can take a bit if the repository is massive. In my case, I’m working with some repos that are quite big (~10 Gb only text files) and old. People usually forget to remove their branches and right know I can see around 2000 branches and close to 500 tags. In that case an async load is needed so the user has to wait.

How to do a non closable QDialog?

We want to prevent the user to close the dialog in all it’s forms:

  • Disabling the window close icon.
  • Disabling the Esc key that in QDialog closes/cancels the dialog.

Acting on the windows title

The way to do that is quite simple. In the first place we hide the close button:

setWindowFlags(windowFlags() & ~Qt::WindowCloseButtonHint);

This will make the close button gone and keep the resize behaviour and dialog title. If you want a dialog only for the text you can do:


That will remove the title bar and all it’s components.

Method 1: Acting on the Esc key event

QDialog process the Esc key as close/cancel. Since we don’t want that the user closes our dialog, we need to take care of that behaviour. To do that we need to capture the key press event and avoid processing it:

void WaitingDlg::keyPressEvent(QKeyEvent *e)
   if (e->key() == Qt::Key_Escape)


The code is quite simple, we check the pressed key and if it’s the one we’re expecting, we don’t process the event.

Additionally, it’s also useful to have full control of another event: the closeEvent. That method plus a custom close method will give us the full behaviour:

void WaitingDlg::closeEvent(QCloseEvent *e)
   if (!mPrepareToClose)

void WaitingDlg::close()
   mPrepareToClose = true;


In this code I’m using a class member to store when I do want to close the dialog, preventing the dialog to close if it wasn’t me how said it. The result is that this dialog can only be close by calling the close() method.

Method 2: Override reject method

Suggested in the comments by NickD2039 another possibility is to override the reject method, that would prevent the end user from closing the dialog. The code posted has a closeNow method that acts in a similar way to the method 1, it activates a control variable that finall calls accept.

I kind of like a bit more this code, since it’s a bit more elegant and requires you to write less code:

void closeNow()
   mPrepareToClose = true;
   mPrepareToClose = false;

void accept()
   if (mPrepareToClose)

void reject()
   if (mPrepareToClose)

Where to find the source coude?

You can find the source code for the non closable dialog in my GitHub repository for Qt tips. Please noticed that I name it WaitingDlg since I did the code for GitQlient and that was its purpose.

New GitQlient v1.1.1 (+ Mac)

There is available a patch for the version 1.1 of GitQlient.

The new patch version solves a problem with new repositories. The problem prevented users to work with repositories that have no commits. That applies to both new repositories (via init new repo) and already created repos that don’t have any commits.

I took advantage of this issue to release also a release for OSX. It’s as functional as I would expect to have it in the next 1.2.0. However, I’d like if people can test it before going into the next release.

The binaries

You can find the binaries for GitQlient v1.1.1 on the release section on the GitHub repo: