Atom launched a new Github Package that adds Git and GitHub integration directly in your editor. It’s currently only available in the beta channel and you’ll need v1.18 or higher.

Git is an essential part of many developers’ workflows, but dropping to the command line or another GUI application in the middle of writing code can take you out of the flow. The GitHub package provides a dock item and status bar widgets to give you access to some of the most common Git operations without leaving your editor. Stage changes and create commits, create and switch branches, and even resolve merge conflicts directly in Atom’s UI.

In the announcement they also mention this is just the beginning, and their core goal is to reduce context switching and increase productivity by bringing core workflow tools directly into your editor.

From my early test, the package is solid and it is nice for seeing a quick overview of all your local changes. Tools like this bring Atom one step closer to a big IDE, yet it still remains fast and nimble.