A script to print 'git log' output in a concise informative format

cli, command-line, git, git-log, log, logs, python, repository-utilities
pip install prtgitlog==0.1.18



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A script to print git log output in a concise and informative format


pip install prtgitlog


conda install -c dvklopfenstein prtgitlog

Example Uses

  1. Get information for your weekly status report
  2. Get information for your annual review
  3. Get all information for one or more files

1) Get information for your weekly status report

Or on Monday morning, remind yourself what you did last week.

The reports are split into two sections:

  1. Commit information. Each commit is given an alias (e.g., A, B, C, D, E, ...)
  2. A list of files that were commited, preceded by thier commit aliases


Get commits during the last 7 days, grouped by week:

$ gitlog --week --after='7 days'

Week STARTING ON: 2019_05_13 Mon - 11 commits, 10 files
  Fri 2019-05-17 11:41:27 1bc99eb A Added links to examples of git commands
  Sat 2019-05-18 05:49:27 3430cd1 B Add FILES argument
  Sat 2019-05-18 05:50:52 1943ce5 C Add STARTING ON for clarity
  Sat 2019-05-18 06:33:10 9bb5654 D Implement git log follow for user-specified files
  Sun 2019-05-19 04:28:45 360db18 E Allow multiple 'git log's to be run
  Sun 2019-05-19 05:03:43 3703854 F Run 'git log' on multiple user-specified files
  Sun 2019-05-19 05:11:29 d4106b2 G Opening README line more concise
  Sun 2019-05-19 12:04:00 95a7b7b H Handle consecutive empty lines in 'git log' output
  Sun 2019-05-19 12:08:54 3544c8a I Get grouping at runtime if not user-specified
  Sun 2019-05-19 12:12:28 3f2bf25 J If numerous 'git log' commands used: write to a log file
  Sun 2019-05-19 12:20:46 3c86b31 K Clearer, more concise doc
    A..DEF.H... M src/prtgitlog/
    .B.DEF..I.K M src/prtgitlog/
    ..CD....I.. M src/prtgitlog/
    ...DE...... M src/prtgitlog/
    ...D.F..IJ. M src/prtgitlog/
    ...D.F..I.. M src/tests/
    ......G...K M
    ........I.. M src/prtgitlog/
    ........I.. M src/prtgitlog/
    ........I.. M src/bin/

2) Get information for your annual review

Get all commits done in the last year, grouped by month:

$ gitlog --month --after='365 days'

3) Get all information for one or more files

Get all commits for two files:

  • src/prtgitlog/
  • src/prtgitlog/

Notice that the log follows a file that is renamed:

  • src/prtgitlog/ -> src/prtgitlog/

In the files section, after the commit aliases:

  • M: Modified
  • A: Added
  • R: Removed


$ gitlog src/prtgitlog/ src/prtgitlog/

All STARTING ON: 2017_09_29 Fri - 12 commits, 3 files
  Fri 2017-09-29 11:10:52 72bb16e A Put each class into its own module.
  Thu 2017-10-12 11:21:36 c0dc685 B pylint. Add vim target
  Thu 2017-10-12 14:13:06 2d0f281 C Now printing status for each file's commit.
  Tue 2018-01-02 16:03:33 fac8edd D Limit rev chrs to printable characters
  Tue 2018-01-09 14:13:43 7b44fbd E Updated Copyright date to 2018.
  Thu 2018-01-18 12:02:43 b90f8c9 F cleanup. Beginning to add date-fmt headers.
  Sat 2018-01-20 10:33:33 9c4b8bb G Moved commit aliases to commit_aliases filename (better desc)
  Mon 2018-01-22 14:43:42 dfc1993 H SPlit commit aliases apart from commit info and commit files.
  Tue 2018-01-23 15:23:53 b0b2e11 I Adjust status size to max status letters
  Fri 2018-01-26 19:08:26 1563e0f J Changed Copyright to 2017-2018
  Sat 2019-05-18 05:51:36 dab53ee K update copyright date
  Sun 2019-05-19 12:08:54 3544c8a L Determine bytime grouping at runtime if not user-specified
    ABCDEFG..... AMR src/prtgitlog/
    ......GH.JK.  RM src/prtgitlog/
    .......HIJKL  AM src/prtgitlog/

Succinct Output: A Comparison

Description # Lines Example Output Codeblock
git log COMMAND 70 git log --after "2 days"
gitlog REPO SCRIPT 10 gitlog --after="2 days"

Copyright (C) 2017-2019, DV Klopfenstein. All rights reserved.