Commit history

Describes how to view and interpret commit history.

View commit history

Use the Commits page to view the commit history of a specific branch or tag. You can locate a branch or tag using its name.

To review a branch’s or tag’s commit history:

  1. Click the Commits tab to display the Commits page. The Repo and Branch fields retain their last values, even if they were set on the Source Tree or Branches pages.
  2. Select the repository from the Repo list. If available, the master branch for the repository you choose is selected by default in the Branch field. Otherwise, GitCentric displays the first branch in the repository based on an alphanumeric sort.
  3. Optionally, use the Branch list to choose a branch other than master or a tag.

Tip: The list includes only branches by default. You can also include (or restrict the list to) tags, which are often used to mark important milestones like release points (v2.0, for ). If you choose a tag, GitCentric changes the Branch icon and label to Tag: .

GitCentric refreshes the Commits page to update the starting point of the history. Each row represents a single commit, starting with the most recent. Scroll the page to reach the origin of the commit graph.

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Information displayed on the Commits page

In the following example, the Commits page provides several features that enable you to view and explore commit history:

A - Source Tree tab Links to the Source Tree page for the most recent commit in the branch. For details, see View commit history. You can change the repository and branch using the Repo and Branch lists.
B - Clipboard Copies the commit’s sha to the clipboard. This allows for easy use of the sha in a Git command, for example.
C - Source Tree link Links to the Source Tree page for any commit you choose. See Review a Commit’s Files for more information.
D - Commit summary Shows the total number of files that were added to, deleted from, or modified in the commit. Together, this information provides you with a general feel for the size of the commit.
E - More button Expands the commit row to display the entire message if the commit message consists of multiple lines, or is too long to be displayed in the available space. Click again to return to the default display.
F - Gravatar Displays the names of the commit author and committer when the pointer is placed over the gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar). If the author has registered with, his or her gravatar appears here; otherwise, a generic image is used.

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