Old School GitHub

Old School GitHub

Revert GitHub's UI back to its classic look (before the June 23, 2020 update that has a flat, rounded and more whitespaced design).

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What is Old School GitHub?

Old School GitHub is a Firefox add-on that reverts GitHub's UI back to its classic look, restoring features such as moving header tabs, highlighting selected pages, classic-style buttons and labels, row separators in the file explorer, removing circular user images and rounded corners, and fixing various UI elements. It is a convenient tool for users who preferred the previous design.

Stats date:
Users: 61
Rating: 5.00 (9)
Version: 1.8.0 (Last updated: 2021-08-06)
Creation date: 2020-06-24
Weekly download count: 1
Firefox on Android: No
Manifest version: 2
Size: 23.89K
Email: Click to see
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood

Other platforms

Not available on Chrome
Not available on Edge

Code available on GitHub


1. Move header tabs to main content area: In the June update, GitHub moved the header buttons ("Code"/"Issues"/"Pull Requests"/etc) to the far left of the page. This became an issue if you have a big wide monitor because those buttons are now very very far from the rest of the page content. If you're on a laptop you probably won't notice the difference.

2. Highlight selected page in header: Prior to the update, the selected page you're on was clearly highlighted. The update made the current page selection much more subtle.

3. Classic-syle buttons and labels: The old buttons had depth and bold font, and the new buttons are flat and look less clickable.

4. Add row separators in file explorer: The file explorer that shows all the files and folders currently has no borders between rows, making it harder to read the file list.

5. Remove circular user images and rounded corners everywhere: The new circular user photos result in unwanted rounding near the corners, cropping significant features from photos that are intended to be square for some users. Many other items were also made very round.

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User reviews
I hadn't even realized GitHub had changed. Thanks for this extension. Rounded corners reminds me of flat design back in 2012-2013 when Windows 8 was released and designers moved away from skeuomorphism (3D, distinct, colorful buttons and design), suddenly flat design was everywhere. We've just gotten used to it now they're adding rounded corners everywhere! Android 12 compared to 11 is very ugly for example, please stop the round design, especially Material You design! Rant over.
by sBRB4Q7, 2022-12-10
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Risk impact

Old School GitHub may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing.

Risk likelihood

Old School GitHub has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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