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GitHub Extensions to Boost Your Productivity

theoutlander profile image Nick Karnik Updated on ・2 min read

Here are GitHub Extensions that I use. They will enable you to improve your productivity on GitHub. Please share your favorite extensions in the comments.

Octotree allows easy exploration of the source code within the browser through a panel on the left:

github-dashboard provides the ability to filter events on the Github.com activity dashboard

Sourcegraph allows going to definition and finding references within the code

Octolinker allows navigating through code more efficiently by turning module imports into clickable links so you can easily view their source

github-repo-size displays repository size and individual file sizes on GitHub

refined-github simplifies the GitHub interface and adds several useful features

No more jumps caused by recently pushed branches
(They are moved to the side)

Reaction avatars showing who reacted to a comment

The option to wait for checks when merging a PR

Clickable references to issues and pull requests

Links to an issue's closing commit or pull request

ZenHub is a better way to manage your GitHub Issues. It supports Multi-repo Boards, Epics, and reports - all inside of GitHub


github-npm-stats displays npm download stats on a GitHub repo


npmhub displays npm dependencies on GitHub repos


isometric-contributions renders an isometric pixel art version of GitHub contribution graphs


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Posted on Aug 27 '18 by:

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I wish it would be clearer that not all of those are available for Firefox and Edge. (Octotree surprisingly is.)

For the very few occasions when I'm tied to GitHub, I like to use GitKraken instead of that awful web UI. If that's not an option, I'd like to suggest two more:

  • Refined GitHub: An all-round extension to improve GitHub's usability.
  • Advanced GitHub notifier (Firefox only): Informs you about new issues/PRs/stuff without you having to have GitHub opened all the time.

If productivity is not an issue for you, I recommend you to have some fun instead:


Thanks for sharing these. GitKraken website looks awesome! I will definitely check it out. That Win95 looks interesting too.

I just came across this yesterday: github.com/felixrieseberg/windows95. It is a fully-functional Windows 95 in electron!


Having grown up with Windows 3.11 and Windows 95, I find that both sad and amazing, actually.

Not yet, but I'll totally spend the night on that website. Damn.


Emulation aborted due to nested emulation timeout.

Ha! (Now I'll need to set up a VirtualBox ... hmm. [glancing at his original CDs on the shelf.])


Love Gitkraken as well as it solves my multi platform laptops (Linux, MacOS and from time to time Windows).
It works really well.


Great list Nick! I use refined-github and zendesk personally and are amazing.

Thank you for the list; I am adding others now :D.


You're welcome, David!

What is your use-case with zendesk? I thought the integration is mainly for support tickets?


I used ZenDesk in a small dev group in a Kan-ban style workflow. We had 'ideas', 'researching', 'implementing', 'on dev', and 'deployed' and the like. It worked out well enough for the small team. It did, as you pointed out, allow us to take user reported issue straight into our workflow (that can be a good or a bad thing depending on your organization).

Hope that helps.


Wow, this looks really interesting. Definitely better than Gitter. :)

Thanks for sharing!