This command-line tool that you’ve probably never heard of is gradually gaining traction

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Graphite is a new command-line tool that aims to make the code review process more efficient.

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Graphite, an open source command line interface that is already proving popular among developers in early testing, has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round.

The technology is intended to eliminate typical bottlenecks in the code review process by removing the requirement to wait for approval before proceeding.

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A shift in perspective

The funding will be used to hire more developers, construct a desktop version, and develop connectors with existing IDEs and other tools, led by Andreessen Horowitz and backed by a group of angel investors.

The founders of Graphite originally intended to bring mobile development tools to market, but they quickly discovered the potential of a tool they had developed for internal use only.

CEO Merrill Lutsky noted, “We actually constructed the original version of Graphite as an internal tool a little over a year ago.” “We’d all missed the code review routines we’d had at some of our prior organisations, so we constructed the first version of the Graphite command line tool and dashboard just for internal usage.”

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“We started to consider that maybe we should work on this instead because the response to what became Graphite was so strong and compelling.”

The founders decided to pivot the startup to focus solely on the command line application after a trial phase in which the company requested input from the developer community and received seed investor approval.

Developers at a number of prominent firms, including Snowflake, Epic Games, Bolt, and others, are already utilising the technology to release new products and updates faster, according to the website.

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“Graphite is changing the way people think about code reviews.” Roopak Venkatakrishnan, Engineering Director at Bolt, said, “This is one of the fields that has lacked innovation for a long time, and I am delighted to see their strategy become a reality.”

Graphite’s purpose in the next months will be to push out performance enhancements and an extra layer of polish, with the goal of eventually growing its 2,500-strong user base.

Developers who want to try out the Graphite service can join the waitlist here.

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