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git diff <other branch> <this branch> 

will show me all differences, but files that don't exist in the current branch have no special indicator in that list.

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There is the exact same question on SO.

You can use git diff-tree to achieve what you want

use -r to recursively descend through subtree and --diff-filter to restrict output to only certain types of diffs (for instance, deletions=D)

git diff-tree -r --diff-filter=D branchA branchB

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  • This is pretty much the simplest what I needed so I'll set this as accepted. Is there a way to hide all the hashes from displaying? Jul 16 '18 at 2:24
  • 1
    use with | awk '{print $NF}' at the end of the command Sep 22 '19 at 17:04
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I'd like to used "--diff-filter" flag to as like you want:

git diff --diff-filter=[D|M|A] branch1 branch2

As:

  • D: sort files existing in branch1 only.
  • M: sort files have been modified
  • A: sort files existing in branch2 only.

You can use all of them at the same time, also with "--stat" flag for a quick view of the changes.

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  • great, thank you!
    – Lonely
    Apr 16 '20 at 13:15
  • The option --name-only from @CodeWizard's answer is also a useful addition to condense the output. Aug 24 '20 at 12:57
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Use this:

git diff --name-only branch1 master
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  • Won't this show all files that differ, not only the missing ones?
    – Al.G.
    May 17 '16 at 19:24
  • It will show all the changes between the branches, you can filter by the status (deleted) if you need with the git status command
    – CodeWizard
    May 17 '16 at 20:44

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