How to see the changes in a commit?

When I do git diff COMMIT I see the changes between that commit and HEAD (afaik) but I would like to see the changes that were made by that single commit.

I haven’t found any obvious options on diff/log that will give me that output.

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    To see the diff for a particular COMMIT hash:

    git diff COMMIT^ COMMIT will show you the difference between that COMMIT‘s ancestor and the COMMIT. See the man pages for git diff for details about the command and gitrevisions about the ^ notation and its friends.

    Alternatively, git show COMMIT will do something very similar. (The commit’s data, including its diff.) See the git show manpage.

    As mentioned in “Shorthand for diff of git commit with its parent?”, you can also use git diff with:

    git diff COMMIT^!


    git diff-tree -p COMMIT

    With git show, you would need (in order to focus on diff alone) to do:

    git show --color --pretty=format:%b $COMMIT

    The COMMIT parameter is a commit-ish:

    A commit object or an object that can be recursively dereferenced to a commit object. The following are all commit-ishes: a commit object, a tag object that points to a commit object, a tag object that points to a tag object that points to a commit object, etc.

    See gitrevision “SPECIFYING REVISIONS” to reference a commit-ish.
    See also “What does tree-ish mean in Git?”.

    You can also try this easy way:

    git show <COMMIT>

    git show shows the changes made in the most recent commit.

    Equivalent to git show HEAD.

    git show HEAD~1 takes you back 1 commit.

    From the man page for git-diff(1):

    git diff [options] [<commit>] [--] [<path>…]
    git diff [options] --cached [<commit>] [--] [<path>…]
    git diff [options] <commit> <commit> [--] [<path>…]
    git diff [options] <blob> <blob>
    git diff [options] [--no-index] [--] <path> <path>

    Use the 3rd one in the middle:

    git diff [options] <parent-commit> <commit>

    Also from the same man page, at the bottom, in the Examples section:

    $ git diff HEAD^ HEAD      <3>

    Compare the version before the last commit and the last commit.

    Admittedly it’s worded a little confusingly, it would be less confusing as

    Compare the most recent commit with the commit before it.

    this seems to do the job; i use it to show what has been brought in by a merge.

        git whatchanged -m -n 1 -p <sha of merge commit>

    Another possibility:

    git log -p COMMIT -1

    git difftool COMMIT^ <commit hash>

    is also possible if you have configured your difftool.

    See here how to configure difftool
    Or the manual page here

    Additionally you can use git diff-tree --no-commit-id --name-only -r <commit hash> to see which files been changed/committed in a give commit hash

    To see author and time by commit use git show COMMIT. Which will result in something like this:

    commit 13414df70354678b1b9304ebe4b6d204810f867e
    Merge: a2a2894 3a1ba8f
    Author: You <>
    Date:   Fri Jul 24 17:46:42 2015 -0700
         Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/your-feature'

    If you want to see which files had been changed, run the following with the values from the Merge line above git diff --stat a2a2894 3a1ba8f.

    If you want to see the actual diff, run git --stat a2a2894 3a1ba8f

    you could use git diff HEAD HEAD^1 to see the diff with the parent commit.

    if you only wanna see the list of files, add the option --stat into it.

    I’m running git version on Windows 10, so I needed a slight modification to Nevik’s answer (tilde instead of caret):

    git diff COMMIT~ COMMIT

    Other option is to quote the caret:

    git diff "COMMIT^" COMMIT

    this command will get you the git parent commit-hash

    git log -n 2 <commit-hash>

    after that git diff-tool <commit-hash> <parent-commit-hash>


    bonnie@bonnie ~/ $ git log -n 2 7f65b9a9d3820525766fcba285b3c678e889fe3
    commit 7f65b9a9d3820525766fcba285b3c678e889fe3b
    Author: souparno <> 
    Date:   Mon Jul 25 13:17:07 2016 +0530
    css changed to maintain the aspect ratio of the channel logos and to fit them properly
    commit c3a61f17e14e2b80cf64b172a45f1b4826ee291f
    Author: souparno <>
    Date:   Mon Jul 25 11:28:09 2016 +0530
    the ratio of the height to width of the channel images are maintained

    after this

    git difftool 7f65b9a9d3820525766fcba285b3c678e889fe3b c3a61f17e14e2b80cf64b172a45f1b4826ee291f

    first get commit id using ,

    git log #to list all


    git log -p -1 #last one commit id

    copy commit id.

    now we use 2 methods to list changes from specific commit,

    Method 1:

    git diff commit_id^! #commit id something like this 1c6a6000asad012

    Method 2:

    git show commit_id  
    eg: git show 1c6a600a
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