git-ls-tree man page

git-ls-tree — List the contents of a tree object


git ls-tree [-d] [-r] [-t] [-l] [-z]
            [--name-only] [--name-status] [--full-name] [--full-tree] [--abbrev[=<n>]]
            <tree-ish> [<path>...]


Lists the contents of a given tree object, like what "/bin/ls -a" does in the current working directory. Note that:



Id of a tree-ish.


Show only the named tree entry itself, not its children.


Recurse into sub-trees.


Show tree entries even when going to recurse them. Has no effect if -r was not passed. -d implies -t.

-l, --long

Show object size of blob (file) entries.


\0 line termination on output and do not quote filenames. See Output Format below for more information.

--name-only, --name-status

List only filenames (instead of the "long" output), one per line.


Instead of showing the full 40-byte hexadecimal object lines, show only a partial prefix. Non default number of digits can be specified with --abbrev=<n>.


Instead of showing the path names relative to the current working directory, show the full path names.


Do not limit the listing to the current working directory. Implies --full-name.


When paths are given, show them (note that this isn’t really raw pathnames, but rather a list of patterns to match). Otherwise implicitly uses the root level of the tree as the sole path argument.

Output Format

<mode> SP <type> SP <object> TAB <file>

This output format is compatible with what --index-info --stdin of git update-index expects.

When the -l option is used, format changes to

<mode> SP <type> SP <object> SP <object size> TAB <file>

Object size identified by <object> is given in bytes, and right-justified with minimum width of 7 characters. Object size is given only for blobs (file) entries; for other entries - character is used in place of size.

Without the -z option, pathnames with "unusual" characters are quoted as explained for the configuration variable core.quotePath (see git-config(1)). Using -z the filename is output verbatim and the line is terminated by a NUL byte.


Part of the git(1) suite

Referenced By

git(1), gitweb.conf(5).

06/07/2017 Git 2.13.1 Git Manual