GitHub desktop app

GitHub is a platform for software development. It can be accessed via most web browsers. But the integration with Sidekick makes it handier.

Try GitHub in Sidekick

What is GitHub?

GitHub is a platform for coders who use Git, the tool for coordinating work among programmers. It includes wikis, bug tracking tools, task management instruments, discussions, and other features for collaboration. There is a GitHub desktop app.

How to use GitHub in Sidekick?

You don’t have to download GitHub desktop app to use it in Sidekick. It’s easy as ABC: click Add Application, pick GitHub, and log in with your current account.

Benefits of using GitHub in Sidekick

We see the future of online work in using not desktop apps but web versions and integrating them into a browser. This gives you better control of your virtual work environment, saves your time, and helps to retain your focus. There are numerous advantages in fusing GitHub and Sidekick compared to GitHub desktop app.

Save resources

  • Memory-wise, integration with Sidekick is a better choice if your desktop app size is more than 100MB.
  • Any document or tab launched in Chromium needs an isolated computing process to run. It leads to excessive memory consumption. Sidekick uses one framework to run similar processes. It significantly frees up computing power and takes multitasking to a new level.
  • Save even more memory with Sidekick’s AI-based tab-suspender that analyzes and offloads unused tabs.

Sidebar integration

  • You can access GitHub directly from your Sidebar. It keeps GitHub at your fingertips and your tab strip free of clutter while GitHub desktop app consumes more resources.
  • You can also access it by using a keyboard shortcut Option-N, where N is the position of GitHub in your Sidebar.

Support for multiple accounts

Right-click on GitHub icon and add as many accounts as you wish. You can be logged into all of your accounts at the same time or you can easily switch between them.


  • Right-click on GitHub icon to search through recent documents or to open our Global Search feature (Option-F) to search through all GitHub documents.
  • Type GitHub in your search query to filter results. Open the file in a new tab or just copy a link, everything from one handy window.

Split view

Click GitHub while holding Option key to open it in split view. Work with GitHub and your other documents or apps side-by-side like never before.


Sidekick is compatible with all Chrome plug-ins and extends its capabilities to other applications.


Sessions is a great tool that helps you focus on a specific project, work-related or not. Now you can organize your documents and switch between different workspaces. Sessions eliminate tab-clutter and safeguard your attention.

Password sharing

Share your passwords securely with other users. Now you can give access to your GitHub to colleagues and family without revealing your password. Now it works for registered Team members only but we are working to make it available to a wider audience.


Switch between your GitHub and other tabs with CTRL-tab and save your mental resources for creative tasks.

Learn more about Sidekick’s superpowers:

SessionsSplit-ViewMultiple Accounts

Password sharing Global Search AI tab suspender