Partial commits in GitHub for Mac

Sometimes when you’re in the zone, you get a ton of work done before you have a chance to pause and commit. You want to break the commit down to describe the logical changes you’ve made, and it doesn’t always break down cleanly file by file. You want to select some parts of your changes to commit at a time. That’s easy in GitHub for Mac.

Select one or more lines to commit by clicking on the line numbers in the gutter. In the latest release, you can select a block of changes at a time. Hover over the right hand side of the line numbers to get a preview of what will be selected, and click to select.

Animated gif of GitHub for Mac single line/block selection

You can select multiple lines or blocks of changes by clicking and dragging. The left of the line numbers will select line by line, and the right will select block by block.

Now you can commit your selected changes, leaving the rest for a later commit.

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