SYNOPSIS

git blame [-c] [-b] [-l] [--root] [-t] [-f] [-n] [-s] [-p] [-w] [--incremental] [-L n,m] [-S <revs-file>] [-M] [-C] [-C] [--since=<date>] [<rev> | --contents <file> | --reverse <rev>] [--] <file>

DESCRIPTION

Annotates each line in the given file with information from the revision which last modified the line. Optionally, start annotating from the given revision.

Also it can limit the range of lines annotated.

This report doesn’t tell you anything about lines which have been deleted or replaced; you need to use a tool such as git-diff or the "pickaxe" interface briefly mentioned in the following paragraph.

Apart from supporting file annotation, git also supports searching the development history for when a code snippet occurred in a change. This makes it possible to track when a code snippet was added to a file, moved or copied between files, and eventually deleted or replaced. It works by searching for a text string in the diff. A small example:

$ git log --pretty=oneline -S'blame_usage'
5040f17eba15504bad66b14a645bddd9b015ebb7 blame -S <ancestry-file>
ea4c7f9bf69e781dd0cd88d2bccb2bf5cc15c9a7 git-blame: Make the output

OPTIONS

-b

Show blank SHA-1 for boundary commits. This can also be controlled via the blame.blankboundary config option.

--root

Do not treat root commits as boundaries. This can also be controlled via the blame.showroot config option.

--show-stats

Include additional statistics at the end of blame output.

-L <start>,<end>

Annotate only the given line range. <start> and <end> can take one of these forms:

  • number

    If <start> or <end> is a number, it specifies an absolute line number (lines count from 1).

  • /regex/

    This form will use the first line matching the given POSIX regex. If <end> is a regex, it will search starting at the line given by <start>.

  • +offset or -offset

    This is only valid for <end> and will specify a number of lines before or after the line given by <start>.

-l

Show long rev (Default: off).

-t

Show raw timestamp (Default: off).

-S <revs-file>

Use revs from revs-file instead of calling git-rev-list(1).

--reverse

Walk history forward instead of backward. Instead of showing the revision in which a line appeared, this shows the last revision in which a line has existed. This requires a range of revision like START..END where the path to blame exists in START.

-p
--porcelain

Show in a format designed for machine consumption.

--incremental

Show the result incrementally in a format designed for machine consumption.

--encoding=<encoding>

Specifies the encoding used to output author names and commit summaries. Setting it to none makes blame output unconverted data. For more information see the discussion about encoding in the git-log(1) manual page.

--contents <file>

When <rev> is not specified, the command annotates the changes starting backwards from the working tree copy. This flag makes the command pretend as if the working tree copy has the contents of the named file (specify - to make the command read from the standard input).

-M|<num>|

Detect moving lines in the file as well. When a commit moves a block of lines in a file (e.g. the original file has A and then B, and the commit changes it to B and then A), the traditional blame algorithm typically blames the lines that were moved up (i.e. B) to the parent and assigns blame to the lines that were moved down (i.e. A) to the child commit. With this option, both groups of lines are blamed on the parent.

<num> is optional but it is the lower bound on the number of alphanumeric characters that git must detect as moving within a file for it to associate those lines with the parent commit.

-C|<num>|

In addition to -M, detect lines copied from other files that were modified in the same commit. This is useful when you reorganize your program and move code around across files. When this option is given twice, the command additionally looks for copies from all other files in the parent for the commit that creates the file.

<num> is optional but it is the lower bound on the number of alphanumeric characters that git must detect as moving between files for it to associate those lines with the parent commit.

-h
--help

Show help message.

-c

Use the same output mode as git-annotate(1) (Default: off).

--score-debug

Include debugging information related to the movement of lines between files (see -C) and lines moved within a file (see -M). The first number listed is the score. This is the number of alphanumeric characters detected to be moved between or within files. This must be above a certain threshold for git-blame to consider those lines of code to have been moved.

-f
--show-name

Show filename in the original commit. By default filename is shown if there is any line that came from a file with different name, due to rename detection.

-n
--show-number

Show line number in the original commit (Default: off).

-s

Suppress author name and timestamp from the output.

-w

Ignore whitespace when comparing parent’s version and child’s to find where the lines came from.

THE PORCELAIN FORMAT

In this format, each line is output after a header; the header at the minimum has the first line which has:

This header line is followed by the following information at least once for each commit:

The contents of the actual line is output after the above header, prefixed by a TAB. This is to allow adding more header elements later.

SPECIFYING RANGES

Unlike git-blame and git-annotate in older git, the extent of annotation can be limited to both line ranges and revision ranges. When you are interested in finding the origin for ll. 40-60 for file foo, you can use -L option like these (they mean the same thing — both ask for 21 lines starting at line 40):

git blame -L 40,60 foo
git blame -L 40,+21 foo

Also you can use regular expression to specify the line range.

git blame -L '/^sub hello {/,/^}$/' foo

would limit the annotation to the body of hello subroutine.

When you are not interested in changes older than the version v2.6.18, or changes older than 3 weeks, you can use revision range specifiers similar to git-rev-list:

git blame v2.6.18.. -- foo
git blame --since=3.weeks -- foo

When revision range specifiers are used to limit the annotation, lines that have not changed since the range boundary (either the commit v2.6.18 or the most recent commit that is more than 3 weeks old in the above example) are blamed for that range boundary commit.

A particularly useful way is to see if an added file have lines created by copy-and-paste from existing files. Sometimes this indicates that the developer was being sloppy and did not refactor the code properly. You can first find the commit that introduced the file with:

git log --diff-filter=A --pretty=short -- foo

and then annotate the change between the commit and its parents, using commit{caret}! notation:

git blame -C -C -f $commit^! -- foo

INCREMENTAL OUTPUT

When called with --incremental option, the command outputs the result as it is built. The output generally will talk about lines touched by more recent commits first (i.e. the lines will be annotated out of order) and is meant to be used by interactive viewers.

The output format is similar to the Porcelain format, but it does not contain the actual lines from the file that is being annotated.

  1. Each blame entry always starts with a line of:

    <40-byte hex sha1> <sourceline> <resultline> <num_lines>

    Line numbers count from 1.

  2. The first time that commit shows up in the stream, it has various other information about it printed out with a one-word tag at the beginning of each line about that "extended commit info" (author, email, committer, dates, summary etc).

  3. Unlike Porcelain format, the filename information is always given and terminates the entry:

    "filename" <whitespace-quoted-filename-goes-here>

    and thus it’s really quite easy to parse for some line- and word-oriented parser (which should be quite natural for most scripting languages).

    Note
    For people who do parsing: to make it more robust, just ignore any lines in between the first and last one ("<sha1>" and "filename" lines) where you don’t recognize the tag-words (or care about that particular one) at the beginning of the "extended information" lines. That way, if there is ever added information (like the commit encoding or extended commit commentary), a blame viewer won’t ever care.

MAPPING AUTHORS

If the file .mailmap exists at the toplevel of the repository, or at the location pointed to by the mailmap.file configuration option, it is used to map author and committer names and email addresses to canonical real names and email addresses.

In the simple form, each line in the file consists of the canonical real name of an author, whitespace, and an email address used in the commit (enclosed by < and >) to map to the name. Thus, looks like this

Proper Name <commit@email.xx>

The more complex forms are

<proper@email.xx> <commit@email.xx>

which allows mailmap to replace only the email part of a commit, and

Proper Name <proper@email.xx> <commit@email.xx>

which allows mailmap to replace both the name and the email of a commit matching the specified commit email address, and

Proper Name <proper@email.xx> Commit Name <commit@email.xx>

which allows mailmap to replace both the name and the email of a commit matching both the specified commit name and email address.

Example 1: Your history contains commits by two authors, Jane and Joe, whose names appear in the repository under several forms:

Joe Developer <joe@example.com>
Joe R. Developer <joe@example.com>
Jane Doe <jane@example.com>
Jane Doe <jane@laptop.(none)>
Jane D. <jane@desktop.(none)>

Now suppose that Joe wants his middle name initial used, and Jane prefers her family name fully spelled out. A proper .mailmap file would look like:

Jane Doe         <jane@desktop.(none)>
Joe R. Developer <joe@example.com>

Note how we don’t need an entry for <jane@laptop.(none)>, because the real name of that author is correct already.

Example 2: Your repository contains commits from the following authors:

nick1 <bugs@company.xx>
nick2 <bugs@company.xx>
nick2 <nick2@company.xx>
santa <me@company.xx>
claus <me@company.xx>
CTO <cto@coompany.xx>

Then, you might want a .mailmap file looking like:

<cto@company.xx>                       <cto@coompany.xx>
Some Dude <some@dude.xx>         nick1 <bugs@company.xx>
Other Author <other@author.xx>   nick2 <bugs@company.xx>
Other Author <other@author.xx>         <nick2@company.xx>
Santa Claus <santa.claus@northpole.xx> <me@company.xx>

Use hash # for comments that are either on their own line, or after the email address.

SEE ALSO

git-annotate(1)

AUTHOR

Written by Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>

GIT

Part of the git(1) suite