How can I get the diff between all the commits that occurred between two dates with Git?

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Or just all the commits that occurred between two dates? In SVN, you could do something like

svn diff -r{date}:{date}

to do it! I can't seem to find a Git equivalent to this.

Specifically I'm looking at writing a script to send out daily emails with all the code committed that day and by who.

Git Solutions

Solution 1 - Git

You could use git whatchanged --since="1 day ago" -p

It also takes a --until argument.


Solution 2 - Git

The previous suggestions have some drawbacks. Basically, I was looking for something equivalent to cvs diff -D"1 day ago" -D"2010-02-29 11:11". While collecting more and more information, I found a solution.

Things I have tried:

  • git whatchanged --since="1 day ago" -p from here

    But this gives a diff for each commit, even if there are multiple commits in one file. I know that "date" is a bit of a loose concept in git, I thought there must be some way to do this.

  • git diff 'master@{1 day ago}..master gives some warning warning: Log for 'master' only goes back to Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:17:32 +0100. and does not show all diffs.

  • git format-patch --since=yesterday --stdout does not give anything for me.

  • revs=$(git log --pretty="format:%H" --since="1 day ago");git diff $(echo "$revs"|tail -n1) $(echo "$revs"|head -n1) works somehow, but seems complicated and does not restrict to the current branch.


Funnily, git-cvsserver does not support "cvs diff -D" (without that it is documented somewhere).

Solution 3 - Git

"date" is a bit of a loose concept in git. A commit will have an author date that may be some time well in the past before someone actually pulls/commits the commit into their repository, also the commit may be rebased and updated to be on top of an apparently newer commit.

A commit also has an commit date which is updated if a commit is rebased or amended in any way. These commits are more likely to be in some sort of chronological order but you are still at the mercy of the committer having the correct time set on his computer and even so, an unmodified commit can sit on a feature branch on a remote repository indefinitely before being merged into the master branch of a central repository.

What is probably most useful for your purposes is the reflog date on the particular repository in question. If you have per-branch reflogs enabled (see git config core.logAllRefUpdates) then you can use the ref@{date} syntax to refer to where a branch was at a particular time.


git log -p master@{2009-07-01}..master@{now}

You can also use 'fuzzy' descriptions like:

git log -p "master@{1 month ago}..master@{yesterday}"

These commands will show all commits that have 'appeared' in the given branch of the repository regardless of how 'old' they actually are according to their author and commit dates.

Note that the per-branch reflog is specific to a repository, so if you're running the log command on a clone, and you don't pull for (say) a month then pull all the changes for the last month at once, then all of the last month's changes will appear in a @{1 hour ago}..@{now} range. If you are able to run the log command on the 'central' repostory that people push to, then it may do what you want.

Solution 4 - Git

git diff --stat @{2013-11-01}..@{2013-11-30}


git diff --stat @{2.weeks.ago}..@{last.week}

Solution 5 - Git


$ git format-patch --committer=<who> --since=yesterday --stdout

is what you want (with or without '--stdout')?

Solution 6 - Git

I believe the general solution is to use:

git rev-list -n1 --first-parent --until=<a date string> <a ref>

Without --first-parent, you might get a commit from a branch that was later merged into a ref but hadn't been merged as of a date string.

Here's an alternative using --children and grep instead of -n1:

mlm_git_ref_as_of() {
    # # Examples #
    # Show all commits between two dates:
    #     git log $(mlm_git_ref_as_of '2012-05-21 09:00:00-0400')..$(mlm_git_ref_as_of '2012-05-21 17:00:00-0400')
    # Show diffs of all commits between two dates:
    #     git diff $(mlm_git_ref_as_of '2012-05-21 09:00:00-0400')..$(mlm_git_ref_as_of '2012-05-21 17:00:00-0400')
    local as_of="$1"
    local ref="${2:-HEAD}"
    # Get the most recent commit (--children, grep -v ' ') that was on
    # the given branch ($ref, --first-parent) as of a given date
    # ($as_of)
    git rev-list --children --first-parent --until="$as_of" "$ref" | grep -v ' '

I wasn't familiar with git whatchanged before reading this Q&A, but it gives very different results for me, so I'm not sure what it's doing.

Solution 7 - Git

Another simple way that you can get a diff of all changes since a certain date is to simply find the first commit X that occured on or after that date, then use

git diff X

This has the advantage that it doesn't depend on reflog entries in a fresh clone, unlike the

git diff <reference>@{n}..
git log <reference>@{n}..

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Solution 8 - Git

In order to watch Git files changes from date to date on your branch ,use the following formula:

  1. checkout your branch.
  2. pull and update changes from remote repository
  3. watch diff files from date to date range


git checkout <branch>
git pull
git diff --stat @{fromDate}..@{toDate}

Pay attention that the dates are on YYYY-MM-DD format:

git diff --stat @{2019-08-20}..@{2019-08-21}

If you'd like to observe changes on specific file in specific time range (watch diff in code), just navigate the current file:


git diff @{2019-01-01}..@{2019-01-02} ~/dev/myApp/package.json

Solution 9 - Git

This is more of a funny answer, because there is likely a better way. This will show all commit hashes for today.

git log --pretty="format:%H %ai" | grep `date +"%Y-%m-%d"` | awk {'print $1'}`


Solution 10 - Git

You can also use git-format-patch to prepare patches (diffs) and send them through email.

Use options [since] or [revision range] to specify commits range.

Solution 11 - Git

I'll throw in the way I do it: git log for a date gives you commit hashes for the current branch. Then I just use something like git diff 8fgdfg8..565k4l5 which gives me proper difference aggregated by files. Hope this helps, not tested much though


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