Github is among the most popular places for developers to share their projects, making it home to some of the coolest tech projects and most useful apps. The platform is built on a system called Git, which is designed for programmers to coordinate work on a project by tracking changes in the source code. Today’s #WebsiteWednesday is a unique tool that has been praised by developers for its ability to make searching your Git history fast and easy; GitHistory.xyz.
Created by Github user Rodrigo Pombo, GitHistory.xyz is a tool built to allow developers to search the history of a Git repository in two simple steps. The first step is to find the file in GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket that you want to see the history for. The second step is to replace “TLD” (.com, .org, etc.) in the URL with “.githistory.xyz”. This will bring you to a GitHistory.xyz URL that shows the full history of changes made to a git repository and allows you to look back through it one change at a time. GitHistory.xyz is also available to be used as a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, as well as an extension for GitHub and VisualStudio.
Users of GitHistory.xyz are fans of the tool’s visually appealing and organized UI. Popular design community page CSS-Tricks praise the ease of use provided thanks to its ability to be used through a simple change in the URL. The list of notable GitHistory.xyz users includes Google Chrome Engineering Manager Addy Osmani, and it has drawn similar plaudits from developer publication Smashing Magazine. GitHub itself featured the tool in their release radar, calling it “a beautiful way to tour the history of a file in a GitHub repo.” If you want to use GitHistory.xyz and have a private Git repo, note that signing into the app will give GitHistory.xyz access to your private repo.
GitHistory.xyz serves as a great example of just one of the many creative ways domain names can be utilized. Because GitHistory.xyz’s tool works by making a simple change in the URL bar of a web browser rather than requiring an app to download or software to install, it is able to be used by virtually anyone.
GitHistory.xyz shows just how much versatility domain names have and their ability to serve as solutions to modern tech problems. Try the tool yourself at GitHistory.xyz or by adding their extensions for your preferred browser. Got a great idea for how to use a domain to solve a tech problem you see? Get your .xyz domain and take it on just like GitHistory.xyz!