To display the contents of a file at a given revision in Git, run the following command:
$ git show <revision>:<filename>
For example, to view the version of “README.md” on the
$ git show dev:README.md
There is an alternative form of this command that will show the changes applied to that file as part of the commit:
$ git show <revision> -- <filename>
This can be used alongside the log command to work out what happened to a file that was deleted.
First, view the history of the file. You are interested in the ID before the commit that deleted the file: attempting to run
git show using the deletion commit ID it will result in nothing being shown.
$ git log -- file/that/was/deleted commit abc123 Author: The Deleter <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: XXX Deleted this file. Ha ha ha! commit beforeCommit Author: File Changer <email@example.com> Date: XXX Added a new file at file/that/was/deleted
git show to view the version before it was deleted:
$ git show beforeCommit:file/that/was/deleted
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