Quick Tip: Chrome Extensions that make GitHub rock

Quick tips are random posts regarding something I discovered on my way to something bigger. They usually get longer than “quick” would imply, for which I refuse to apologize.

After some annoyances with the latest version of Safari, I switched over to Google Chrome full time. I had every intention of switching back when the kinks were ironed out of Safari, but the extensions available for Chrome have kept me hesitant to leave it behind.

I’m especially enamored with the great selection of GitHub extensions available. This is a list of the ones I use often enough that viewing the GitHub website without them is a shocker. Most of them are unobtrusive while adding functionality which has become essential to me.

My favorite GitHub Extensions for Google Chrome

Diff for gist.github
Adds colorized version comparison capability directly into a Gist page. Completely unobtrusive and exceptionally handy.
GitHub Cue
Adds a box to your profile page with “interesting” repository recommendations based on scraping the contents of public profiles you’ve starred.
GitHub Difftools
Adds additional diff options for comparing commits, tags and branches.
GitHub HTML preview
Adds a button when viewing HTML files in a repo to preview them as rendered documents, in-page. Great for viewing web development project files without having to go to an external demo.
GitHub improved
In-page changeset unfolding (plus some other subtle goodies) on commit history pages. Click on the line for a commit and see all of the diffs for the commit appear right below.
GitHub Markdown Preview
Adds Markdown preview in text fields on GitHub that support Markdown input. Great for when you’re wondering how it’s going to render that odd syntax you used for nested code blocks inside a blockquote.
GitHub Repository Recommendation
Adds a little “You might also like:” line to the header of any GitHub project. A little obtrusive, but it comes up with some cool suggestions based on the starred projects of other users who have starred the project you’re viewing.
GitHub Tree
When viewing a repository, a little Octocat shows up in your url bar, and clicking it drops down a full tree view of the repository structure with collapsing sections for quick navigation. That’s awesome.
Adds a search box to repository pages that allows search just within that repository.

Those are my current favorites. I’d love to hear about any others, or your favorite Userscripts, if you have some interesting ones. Drop ‘em in the comments!

Brett Terpstra

Brett is a writer and developer living in Minnesota, USA. You can follow him as ttscoff on Twitter, GitHub, and Mastodon. Keep up with this blog by subscribing in your favorite news reader.

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