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List remote Git branches and the last commit date for each branch. Sort by most recent commit date.
# Credit http://stackoverflow.com/a/2514279
for branch in `git branch -r | grep -v HEAD`;do echo -e `git show --format="%ci %cr" $branch | head -n 1` \\t$branch; done | sort -r
# Example output (resulting from running command on the Rails repo — https://github.com/rails/rails)
2012-02-12 03:20:24 -0800 9 hours ago origin/master
2012-02-10 10:34:35 -0800 2 days ago origin/3-2-stable
2012-01-31 09:56:12 -0800 12 days ago origin/3-1-stable
2012-01-24 11:18:06 -0800 3 weeks ago origin/3-0-stable
2011-12-31 05:09:14 -0800 6 weeks ago origin/2-3-stable
2011-11-25 09:49:54 +0000 3 months ago origin/serializers
2011-06-16 12:08:26 -0700 8 months ago origin/compressor
2011-05-24 16:03:41 -0700 9 months ago origin/sass-cleanup
2011-01-17 14:14:24 +1300 1 year, 1 month ago origin/2-1-stable
2011-01-17 14:13:56 +1300 1 year, 1 month ago origin/2-2-stable
2010-08-17 17:11:17 -0700 1 year, 6 months ago origin/deps_refactor
2010-05-16 22:23:44 +0200 1 year, 9 months ago origin/encoding
2009-09-10 17:41:18 -0700 2 years, 5 months ago origin/2-0-stable
2008-02-19 02:09:55 +0000 4 years ago origin/1-2-stable

Nice! Thanks a lot!

well done. Saved me lots of work.

thanks

thanks! and first calling "git remote prune origin" helps to only show the branches still existing in the remote repo.

I also wanted local branches to show up, but when changing git branch -r to git branch -a things get messy due to the * that is suffixed to HEAD. After some searching I came up with a single command that has very similar results:

git for-each-ref --format='%(committerdate:iso8601) %(committerdate:relative) %(refname)' --sort -committerdate

Note that this shows heads, remotes and tags. If you only want heads you could use:

git for-each-ref --format='%(committerdate:iso8601) %(committerdate:relative) %(refname)' --sort -committerdate refs/heads/

Diom commented Sep 16, 2014

@FrozenCow If you want to avoid the asterix problem then you can do

for branch in `git branch -l | grep -v '*'`;do echo -e `git show --format="%ci %cr" $branch | head -n 1` \\t$branch; done | sort -r

But it will leave out your current branch.

Adding to @FrozenCow, you can make the results tabular with the column utility:

git for-each-ref --format='%(committerdate:short),%(authorname),%(refname:short)' --sort=committerdate refs/heads/ | column -t -s ','

triage commented Jan 31, 2015

thank you!

I think this one has been updated, using colors with pretty format.

for k in `git branch -r | perl -pe 's/^..(.*?)( ->.*)?$/\1/'`; do echo -e `git show --pretty=format:"%Cgreen%ci %Cblue%cr%Creset" $k -- | head -n 1`\\t$k; done | sort -r

thx u so much and, thanks @eksperimental

Is it possible to include the creator of the branch?

jampow commented Jul 20, 2016

based on this posts and this stackoverflow topic. I made this command

git for-each-ref --sort=committerdate refs/heads/ --format='%(HEAD) %(color:red)%(objectname:short)%(color:reset);%(color:yellow)%(refname:short)%(color:reset);(%(color:green)%(committerdate:relative)%(color:reset));%(authorname);%(contents:subject)' | column -t -s ';'

@jampow 👍

@jasonrudolph thanks for the original inspiration!

Thank you!!!

Thanks. Nice work.

anyone know how to truncate within this?

git for-each-ref --sort=committerdate refs/heads/ --format='%(color:yellow)%(refname:short)%(color:reset);(%(color:green)%(committerdate:relative)%(color:reset));%<(70,trunc)(%(contents:subject)%s)' | column -t -s';'```
prints the `%<(70,trunc)` rather than applying it.
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