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git-show-branch - Show branches and their commits
git show-branch [-a|--all] [-r|--remotes] [--topo-order | --date-order]
[--current] [--color[=<when>] | --no-color] [--sparse]
[--more=<n> | --list | --independent | --merge-base]
[--no-name | --sha1-name] [--topics]
[(<rev> | <glob>)...]
git show-branch (-g|--reflog)[=<n>[,<base>]] [--list] [<ref>]
Shows the commit ancestry graph starting from the commits named with
<rev>s or <globs>s (or all refs under refs/heads and/or refs/tags)
It cannot show more than 29 branches and commits at a time.
It uses showbranch.default multi-valued configuration items if no <rev>
or <glob> is given on the command line.
Arbitrary extended SHA-1 expression (see gitrevisions(7)) that
typically names a branch head or a tag.
A glob pattern that matches branch or tag names under refs/. For
example, if you have many topic branches under refs/heads/topic,
giving topic/* would show all of them.
Show the remote-tracking branches.
Show both remote-tracking branches and local branches.
With this option, the command includes the current branch to the
list of revs to be shown when it is not given on the command line.
By default, the branches and their commits are shown in reverse
chronological order. This option makes them appear in topological
order (i.e., descendant commits are shown before their parents).
This option is similar to --topo-order in the sense that no parent
comes before all of its children, but otherwise commits are ordered
according to their commit date.
By default, the output omits merges that are reachable from only
one tip being shown. This option makes them visible.
Usually the command stops output upon showing the commit that is
the common ancestor of all the branches. This flag tells the
command to go <n> more common commits beyond that. When <n> is
negative, display only the <reference>s given, without showing the
commit ancestry tree.
Synonym to --more=-1
Instead of showing the commit list, determine possible merge bases
for the specified commits. All merge bases will be contained in all
specified commits. This is different from how git-merge-base(1)
handles the case of three or more commits.
Among the <reference>s given, display only the ones that cannot be
reached from any other <reference>.
Do not show naming strings for each commit.
Instead of naming the commits using the path to reach them from
heads (e.g. "master~2" to mean the grandparent of "master"), name
them with the unique prefix of their object names.
Shows only commits that are NOT on the first branch given. This
helps track topic branches by hiding any commit that is already in
the main line of development. When given "git show-branch --topics
master topic1 topic2", this will show the revisions given by "git
rev-list ^master topic1 topic2"
-g, --reflog[=<n>[,<base>]] [<ref>]
Shows <n> most recent ref-log entries for the given ref. If <base>
is given, <n> entries going back from that entry. <base> can be
specified as count or date. When no explicit <ref> parameter is
given, it defaults to the current branch (or HEAD if it is
Color the status sign (one of these: * ! + -) of each commit
corresponding to the branch it's in. The value must be always (the
default), never, or auto.
Turn off colored output, even when the configuration file gives the
default to color output. Same as --color=never.
Note that --more, --list, --independent and --merge-base options are
Given N <references>, the first N lines are the one-line description
from their commit message. The branch head that is pointed at by
$GIT_DIR/HEAD is prefixed with an asterisk * character while other
heads are prefixed with a ! character.
Following these N lines, one-line log for each commit is displayed,
indented N places. If a commit is on the I-th branch, the I-th
indentation character shows a + sign; otherwise it shows a space. Merge
commits are denoted by a - sign. Each commit shows a short name that
can be used as an extended SHA-1 to name that commit.
The following example shows three branches, "master", "fixes" and
$ git show-branch master fixes mhf
* [master] Add 'git show-branch'.
! [fixes] Introduce "reset type" flag to "git reset"
! [mhf] Allow "+remote:local" refspec to cause --force when fetching.
+ [mhf] Allow "+remote:local" refspec to cause --force when fetching.
+ [mhf~1] Use git-octopus when pulling more than one heads.
+ [fixes] Introduce "reset type" flag to "git reset"
+ [mhf~2] "git fetch --force".
+ [mhf~3] Use .git/remote/origin, not .git/branches/origin.
+ [mhf~4] Make "git pull" and "git fetch" default to origin
+ [mhf~5] Infamous 'octopus merge'
+ [mhf~6] Retire git-parse-remote.
+ [mhf~7] Multi-head fetch.
+ [mhf~8] Start adding the $GIT_DIR/remotes/ support.
*++ [master] Add 'git show-branch'.
These three branches all forked from a common commit, [master], whose
commit message is "Add 'git show-branch'". The "fixes" branch adds one
commit "Introduce "reset type" flag to "git reset"". The "mhf" branch
adds many other commits. The current branch is "master".
If you keep your primary branches immediately under refs/heads, and
topic branches in subdirectories of it, having the following in the
configuration file may help:
default = --topo-order
default = heads/*
With this, git show-branch without extra parameters would show only the
primary branches. In addition, if you happen to be on your topic
branch, it is shown as well.
$ git show-branch --reflog="10,1 hour ago" --list master
shows 10 reflog entries going back from the tip as of 1 hour ago.
Without --list, the output also shows how these tips are topologically
related with each other.
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Git 2.16.1 02/05/2018 GIT-SHOW-BRANCH(1)