10 Handy Chrome Extensions for GitHub

Your web browser is like your own personal car, in more ways than one. You can customize it according to taste, and even more so when you begin to utilize browser extensions for boosting productivity, and the amount of work you’re able to get done. And, just like car, you can also tune and modify your browser to reflect your own style.

In today’s article, we’re going to highlight 10 useful Chrome browser extensions to help you have a better experience on GitHub. These extensions are mostly tiny features that can help you save a lot of time in the long run. Many of these extensions are directly hosted on GitHub, and have their README files on GitHub, as well.

Let’s jump right in!

GitHub Expanding Diff

GitHub Expanding Diff

GitHub Expanding Diff is a user script for Chrome that allows you to expand the missing lines in a GitHub diff.

GitHub Linker

GitHub Linker

This Chrome extension links NPM, bower, Composer and Duo dependencies to your GitHub repository page. It also tries to resolve the require() value in a JavaScript or CoffeeScript file.

ZenHub

ZenHub

ZenHub is the first and only project management tool that works natively within GitHub. It simplifies your work with built-in features for startups, fast-moving engineering teams, and the open source community. It’s a Chrome extension that injects advanced functionality, including real-time drag-and-drop Issue Task Boards, peer feedback via a +1 button, and support for uploading any file type directly into the GitHub interface. This suite makes it a breeze to centralize all processes into GitHub to keep your team lean and agile.

Isometric Contributions

Isometric Contributions

This Chrome extension renders an isometric pixel view of GitHub contribution graphs. It lets you toggle between the normal GitHub contribution chart and an isometric pixel art version.

Octotree

Octotree

Octotree is an extension for Chrome that displays GitHub code in tree format. It will come in handy for those who often read source in GitHub and don’t want to download or check out a lot of repositories. Some of its key features include easy-to-navigate code tree like IDEs, fast browsing with pjax, and support for private repositories (personal access token is required).

GitHub Highlight Selected

GitHub Highlight Selected

Want to make GitHub more like an IDE? This Chrome extension allows you to select a word within the source code of a GitHub project, and then highlight all other – same – words within the file.

Sourcegraph

Sourcegraph

Sourcegraph lets you browse code in GitHub like you’re in an IDE. It adds instant documentation and type tooltips to code on GitHub, and makes every identifier a jump-to-definition link. With this Chrome extension, you’ll wonder how you browse code on GitHub without it!

GH Diff Highlight

GH Diff Highlight

This extension for Chrome allows syntax highlight for diffs on GitHub. The source is released under MIT license, and is hosted on GitHub.

GitHub TOC

GitHub TOC

GitHub TOC lets you show a Table of Contents generated by GitHub project, README or WIKI.

Avatars for GitHub

Avatars for GitHub

Do you like the social aspect of GitHub? If so, then this Chrome extension is a must-have! It automatically allocates user avatars for GitHub news and feed pages. And, just like an extension should be, it’s simple and concise.

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