Visualise codebase evolution with gource

This rocks.

Instructions for what I did to get it up and running are below. Once you have it, just go into an folder with a git repo and type:


A few minutes later and you are watching your codebase being built by mini avatars. This is an amazing visualisation, just need to work out how it can be used. I suspect that it might help teams to look back over time and see how much things have grown and where all the work goes. Potentially it could be synchronised to other visualisations to explore the history of a codebase.

Nyway, here are my steps to install:

There are instructions on the googlecode site. I’m running OS X and so can install with MacPorts.

First I needed to update and sync my macports. I tried using the port selfupdate but it didnt work for me so I just downloaded and installed the DMG from the ports site, but in theory you should be able to do:

sudo port selfupdate
sudo port sync

Then install.

Also I got

dyld: Library not loaded: /opt/local/lib/libjpeg.62.dylib

So needed to update tiff

sudo port install tiff
sudo port install gource