Show sha1 only with git log

I want to write a Bash script that loops over the sha1s of commits output by an invocation of git log. However, git log gives me much more output than I want:

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How can I get git log to just output sha1s so that I can loop over them conveniently?

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    An alternative to git log --format is the git rev-list plumbing command. For scripting purposes it’s the recommended choice as the interface can be relied on to be stable (although for simple uses like this I’d be surprised if git log isn’t sufficiently stable).

    for sha1 in $(git rev-list HEAD) ; do
        : # Do something with $sha1

    You can use the --format argument with a custom format that only includes the sha1:

    git log --format=format:%H

    The above command yields output like the following:


    You can loop over the commit hashes in Bash like this:

    for sha1 in $(git log --format=format:%H); do
        : # Do something with $sha1

    This is slightly more verbose than using git rev-list, but may be your only option if you want to use ordering or filtering arguments for git log that are not supported by git rev-list, like -S.

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