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Last Updated: October 18, 2018
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· filipekiss

A better git log

So, are you tired of this old and bored git log screen?

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How about this one, instead?

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It's simple. Just type in:

git log --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit

I guess that's a bit too long, eh? Let's just make an alias. Copy and paste the line below on your terminal:

git config --global alias.lg "log --color --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit"

And every time you need to see your log, just type in

git lg

Or, if you want to see the lines that changed

git lg -p

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Hope you like it :)

PS: It seems that there's no way to view larger images, so I've linked bigger versions of them on the tip. Just click the image. Thanks to @basus(http://www.twitter.com/basus) for the note

Update: As some people were reporting, the git lg -p command wasn't working. As pointed out by the user universal_property at reddit, removing the -- at the end made it work.

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720

This doesn't work for individual files

over 1 year ago ·
2306

@askjuise Thank. I've fixed. :)

over 1 year ago ·
3248

You guys can try this one :

git config --global alias.lg "log --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit --date=relative"

this will:
-one commit per line

-show graph of commits

-abbreviated commit IDs

-dates relative to now

-show commit references (like git log --decorate)

-lots of colour

-show author of the commit

over 1 year ago ·
3634

Cool Filipe! Thanks!

over 1 year ago ·
4707

Great Filipe! Thanks :)

over 1 year ago ·
4862

Very nice, thanks man

over 1 year ago ·
4865

thats amazing. thanks!

over 1 year ago ·
5114

Thanks man! For copy-pasting change-logs, here's an ascii friendly version:

git log --graph --pretty=format:'%h -%d %s (%cr) <%an>' --abbrev-commit

...and the alias:

git config --global alias.lg-ascii "log --graph --pretty=format:'%h -%d %s (%cr) <%an>' --abbrev-commit"
over 1 year ago ·
6976

[alias]
lg = !tig

google "tig" for more info

over 1 year ago ·
6981

This is great, thanks!

Rather than a git alias, I opted for a bash alias by adding this line to my .bash_profile:
alias gitlog="git log --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit"

Now I have gitlog and gitlog -p.
Thanks again!

over 1 year ago ·
6987
over 1 year ago ·
6988

Try this
git log --oneline --abbrev-commit --all --graph --decorate --color

It will give you one line commits, plus branching.

over 1 year ago ·
6990

FYI, %h is for abbreviated commit hash, making --abbrev-commit redundant.

over 1 year ago ·
6993

Call me old fashioned. I use the alias glo mapped to

git log --decorate --oneline --graph and that works well for me.

Or, if I'm feeling like I need something a bit different, glg , which is mapped to

git log --decorate --graph --abbrev-commit --date=relative

https://github.com/kevinSuttle/dotfiles/blob/master/git/aliases.zsh#L11

over 1 year ago ·
6997

This is great! Thanks :D

over 1 year ago ·
7001

I like this one, that shows the branch graph on the left:

history = log --graph --pretty=format:'%C(yellow)%h%C(cyan)%d%Creset %s %C(white)- %an, %ar%Creset'
stash-list = stash list --pretty=format:'%Cblue%gd%Cred: %C(yellow)%s'q

Looks like: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s3/sh/1b468c02-8e39-499f-afd8-2fd3a099896c/88b8c39a380bc90b5809b2e9f4f069cc/deep/0/Screenshot%206/7/13%202:56%20PM.png

over 1 year ago ·
7003

@dshafik Mine also shows the graph :) It just happened to be a flat-line for the screenshots I've chose :P

over 1 year ago ·
7005

Love it!

over 1 year ago ·
7012

scm_breeze on github does something similar automatically plus a bunch of other nice aliases

over 1 year ago ·
8274

Neat and simple...:)

over 1 year ago ·
8299

There is no need for --abbrev-commit.

Thanks for the tip though, I trimmed mine down to:

git log --format='%Cred%h%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(blue)<%an>%Creset%C(yellow)%d%Creset' --no-merges
over 1 year ago ·
10653

This is great, thanks for sharing !

over 1 year ago ·
10876

Great stuff.

over 1 year ago ·
11175

I keep it simple with
git log --oneline --decorate --graph

This shows each commit on one line, decorates each line with any information about branches and repos and displays a graph where commits have branched or merged.

If you want to really personalise you git log with specific colours, here is an article to explain the syntax of all that in detail:
http://blog.jr0cket.co.uk/2013/06/designing-your-own-commit-graph-with-git.html

Thanks
John

over 1 year ago ·
11353

In my gists NOW!

over 1 year ago ·
12020

Eu te amo! haha

over 1 year ago ·
12745

I'd prefer to set the default to --graph --decorate, rather than cook up a new alias. :/

over 1 year ago ·
12887

Nice! Any tips on porting this to Fish? I'm quite new to the command line stuff, and I can't find any reference to %C, string interpolation or command line styling for Fish shell. /lost

update: Okay, so the reason why I was getting an error was, I was putting white space between the '='. My bad! Carry along.

over 1 year ago ·
13314

https://github.com/FredrikNoren/ungit

is kinda awesome

npm install -g ungit && ungit

if only I could post an image... oops

over 1 year ago ·
13969

The git plugin of oh-my-zsh comes with tons of aliases, including log aliases.

  • alias glgg='git log --graph --max-count=10'
  • alias glgga='git log --graph --decorate --all'
  • alias glo='git log --oneline --decorate --color'
  • alias glog='git log --oneline --decorate --color --graph'
over 1 year ago ·
15432

Just install tig, a much much better command line tool for git

over 1 year ago ·
15489

Pretty sweet!, now I can read the git log so much easier

over 1 year ago ·
15789

As of Git 1.8.3 (May 24, 2013), you can now have (automatic) more comprehensive and useful colors on commits, branches and tags using %C(auto):

git log --graph --pretty=format:'%C(auto)%h -%d %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit
over 1 year ago ·
15790

As of Git 1.8.3 (May 24, 2013), you can now have (automatic) more comprehensive and useful colors on commits, branches and tags using %C(auto):

git log --graph --pretty=format:'%C(auto)%h -%d %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit
over 1 year ago ·
15791

As of Git 1.8.3 (May 24, 2013), you can now have (automatic) more comprehensive and useful colors on commits, branches and tags using %C(auto):

git log --graph --pretty=format:'%C(auto)%h -%d %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit
over 1 year ago ·
16253

Cool ;)
Take it.
Thank you Filipe.

over 1 year ago ·
16295

awesome, Boy!

over 1 year ago ·
16793

Wow, cool. I guess I'll look at my log now than on Bitbucket or Github. Thanks for sharing.

over 1 year ago ·
16805

great. thanks for sharing

over 1 year ago ·
17914

nice!

over 1 year ago ·
18827

Great..!! thank you for sharing..

over 1 year ago ·
27522

Thanks, i'll try it

over 1 year ago ·
27755

Awesome, really useful! :)

over 1 year ago ·
28155

Fantastic

over 1 year ago ·
28218

Where this command saved? I can't see it in my zshrc file.

over 1 year ago ·
28293

Thank you for this :)

over 1 year ago ·
28767

Thanks, this is great!

over 1 year ago ·
28799

Amigo, muchas gracias, es un excelente aporte.

over 1 year ago ·
29343

Nice. Will use this from now on.

over 1 year ago ·
29456

Using this as base I change it a little bit.

git config --global alias.lg "log --color --graph --pretty=format:'%C(#dc322f)%h%C(#b58900)%d %C(#eee8d5)%s %C(#dc322f)| %C(#586f75)%cr %C(#dc322f)| %C(#586e75)%an%Creset' --abbrev-commit"

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https://i.imgur.com/4i8cTy2.png

11 months ago ·
30760

Thank you so much!

about 1 month ago ·