# Introduction

Git-Tool was originally designed as a means of organizing your filesystem and removing the need to think about where a given repository should be stored. The goal was to let you hop right into working on a project without breaking your mental context around why you wanted to work on it in the first place.

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For a quick introduction to using Git-Tool's core commands, take a look at the Usage Guide.

Over the years, Git-Tool has expanded in scope, but its core goal remains the same: organize your development work automatically so you don't need to think about it and can focus on the important stuff.

# Repositories

Git-Tool automatically manages the location of your local repositories. When you create a new repo, it will git init the appropriate folder, configure your git remotes and (if your hosting service is supported) create a new repo there too. When you want to open a repo, Git-Tool will automatically git clone it (if it doesn't already exist) - so you never need to worry about whether a repo is present locally or not.

Read more about managing your repos →

# Scratchpads

Scratchpads are weekly directories intended for all those little things which need a place on your filesystem but probably won't matter a few weeks from now. I use them for everything from quick experiments, to trying out new tools and sometimes even for taking notes.

Read more about using scratchpads →

# Development

When using git, there are a few things we all find ourselves doing a lot. Things like maintaining our .gitignore files or switching between branches (which might not always exist locally). To make your life a bit easier, Git-Tool includes support for gitignore.ioopen in new window and a git switch command proxy with great auto-complete.

Read more about to use Git-Tool in your repos →

# Config Management

Git-Tool has a wealth of configuration options available and discovering them all can be daunting. To make that a bit easier on everyone, Git-Tool provides a CLI to make common config changes, saving us all a bit of time and grey hair.

Read more about tweaking your config →