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is a simple and efficient way to access various statistics in a git repository.

Any git repository may contain tons of information about commits, contributors, and files. Extracting this information is not always trivial, mostly because there are a gadzillion options to a gadzillion git commands – I don’t think there is a single person alive who knows them all. Probably not even Linus Torvalds himself :).


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System requirements











git-quick-stats has a built-in interactive menu that can be executed as such:



git quick-stats


For those who prefer to utilize command-line options,

also has a non-interactive mode supporting both short and long options:


git quick-stats 

Command-line arguments

Possible arguments in short and long form:

-r, --suggest-reviewers
    show the best people to contact to review code
-T, --detailed-git-stats
    give a detailed list of git stats
-R, --git-stats-by-branch
    see detailed list of git stats by branch
-d, --commits-per-day
    displays a list of commits per day
-m, --commits-by-month
    displays a list of commits per month
-w, --commits-by-weekday
    displays a list of commits per weekday
-o, --commits-by-hour
    displays a list of commits per hour
-A, --commits-by-author-by-hour
    displays a list of commits per hour by author
-a, --commits-per-author
    displays a list of commits per author
-S, --my-daily-stats
    see your current daily stats
-C, --contributors
    see a list of everyone who contributed to the repo
-b, --branch-tree
    show an ASCII graph of the git repo branch history
-D, --branches-by-date
    show branches by date
-c, --changelogs
    see changelogs
-L, --changelogs-by-author
    see changelogs by author
-j, --json-output
    save git log as a JSON formatted file to a specified area
-h, -?, --help
    display this help text in the terminal

Git log since and until

You can set the variables

before running
to limit the git log. These work similar to git's built-in
log options.
export _GIT_SINCE="2017-01-20"
export _GIT_UNTIL="2017-01-22"

Once set, run

git quick-stats
as normal. Note that this affects all stats that parse the git log history until unset.

Git log limit

You can set variable

for limited output. It will affect the "changelogs" and "branch tree" options.
export _GIT_LIMIT=20

Git log options

You can set GITLOG_OPTIONS for git log options:

export _GIT_LOG_OPTIONS="--ignore-all-space --ignore-blank-lines"

Git pathspec

You can exclude a directory from the stats by using pathspec

export _GIT_PATHSPEC=':!directory'

You can also exclude files from the stats. Note that it works with any alphanumeric, glob, or regex that git respects.

export _GIT_PATHSPEC=':!package-lock.json'

Git merge view strategy

You can set the variable

to enable merge commits to be part of the stats by setting
. You can also choose to only show merge commits by setting
. Default is to not show merge commits. These work similar to git's built-in
log options.
export _GIT_MERGE_VIEW="enable"
export _GIT_MERGE_VIEW="exclusive"

Color themes

You can change to the legacy color scheme by toggling the variable

export _MENU_THEME=legacy



Debian and Ubuntu

If you are on at least Debian Bullseye or Ubuntu Focal you can use apt for installation:

apt install git-quick-stats

UNIX and Linux

git clone && cd git-quick-stats
sudo make install

For uninstalling, open up the cloned directory and run

sudo make uninstall

For update/reinstall

sudo make reinstall

macOS (homebrew)

brew install git-quick-stats

Or you can follow the UNIX and Linux instructions if you wish.


If you are installing with Cygwin, use these scripts:

If you are wishing to use this with WSL, follow the UNIX and Linux instructions.


You can use the Docker image provided:

  • Build:
    docker build -t arzzen/git-quick-stats .
  • Run interactive menu:
    docker run --rm -it -v $(pwd):/git arzzen/git-quick-stats
  • Docker pull command:
    docker pull arzzen/git-quick-stats
    docker repository

System requirements

  • An OS with a Bash shell
  • Tools we use: awk ; basename ; cat ; column ; echo ; git ; grep ; head ; seq ; sort ; tput ; tr ; uniq ; wc



Q: I get some errors after run git-quick-stats in cygwin like

/usr/local/bin/git-quick-stats: line 2: $'\r': command not found

A: You can run the dos2unix app in cygwin as follows:

/bin/dos2unix.exe /usr/local/bin/git-quick-stats
. This will convert the script from the CR-LF convention that Microsoft uses to the LF convention that UNIX, OS X, and Linux use. You should then should be able to run it as normal.

Q: How they could be used in a project with many git projects and statistics would show a summary of all git projects?

A: If you want to include submodule logs, you can try using the following:

export _GIT_LOG_OPTIONS="-p --submodule=log"
(more info about git log --submodule)


Want to contribute? Great! First, read this page.

Code reviews

All submissions, including submissions by project members, require review. We use GitHub pull requests for this purpose.

Some tips for good pull requests

  • Use our code When in doubt, try to stay true to the existing code of the project.
  • Write a descriptive commit message. What problem are you solving and what are the consequences? Where and what did you test? Some good tips: here and here.
  • If your PR consists of multiple commits which are successive improvements / fixes to your first commit, consider squashing them into a single commit (
    git rebase -i
    ) such that your PR is a single commit on top of the current HEAD. This make reviewing the code so much easier, and our history more readable.


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