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I have a custom git log format that I use. I have color.ui=true set in my .gitconfig. For example this simple format:

git log --pretty=format:"%h %d %s" --decorate

This would print something like

52a41e0 (HEAD, local) Commit message foo
185bd17 (remote) The commit message

HEAD, local, remote will be output without color compared to git log --oneline --decorate which will outupt HEAD (in 'bold cyan'), local (in 'bold green') and remote (in 'bold red') with color. Now I can wrap the %d with something like %Cred%d%Creset which will cause all ref names to be red.

How can I get current, local, and remote ref names to have seperate colors when using a custom format with git log?

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I don't think it is possible:… – VonC Sep 21 '11 at 3:58
Ack, didn't look on stack overflow. That's too bad though. – Ben Doerr Sep 21 '11 at 4:27
@VonC Maybe you should add that as an answer? – N.N. Sep 21 '11 at 20:53
@N.N. I have. On Stack Overflow. About one of the 10 thousands questions on Git. – VonC Sep 21 '11 at 21:06
up vote 6 down vote accepted

You can now use %C(auto) as of git 1.8.3, according to this Atlassian blog post;

git log --format=format:'%h%C(auto)%d%C(reset) %s (%an, %ar)'


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— Again, courtesy of VonC on "Color in git-log", reposted here for the convenience of inbound googlers.

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The git log --decorate will put by default:

  • the HEAD in cyan
  • the remote branches in red
  • the tag in green

and can be changed through color.decorate config.

But the git log --format don't offer a way to display specifically the HEAD or remotes or branch: all three are displayed through %d, with one color possible.

VonC on "Color in git-log"

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