Using command line Git with standard diff is workable but not very friendly. You might prefer a split-pane diff viewer like that of your favourite IDE. The easiest way to get this working on Debian based Linux distros such as Ubuntu is to use Meld, the open source diff and merge tool.
Begin by installing Meld:
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install meld
Once installed, open your favourite text editor and create a file called
diff.sh, using the following content:
Save this to a location such as
/usr/local/bin, giving it executable rights:
$ sudo mv git-diff.sh /usr/local/bin/ $ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/git-diff.sh
The final step is to open your
$HOME/.gitconfig file and add the following
The next time you type
git diff in a Git project with changes, Meld will be
launched showing you a split-pane diff viewer. Note that you are required to
close the open instance of meld before the next diff viewer is opened.