Using git how can I load the list of files in the current commit into Quickfix window?

Code Review didn't pass and I want to just fix them one by one.


You could use the following function which has the advantage of not changing the state of your local git repo:

function! CommitQF(...)
    " Get the commit hash if it was specified
    let commit = a:0 == 0 ? '' : a:1

    " Get the result of git show in a list
    let flist = system('git show --name-only ' . commit . ' | tail -n +7')
    let flist = split(flist, '\n')

    " Create the dictionnaries used to populate the quickfix list
    let list = []
    for f in flist
        let dic = {'filename': f, "lnum": 1}
        call add(list, dic)

    " Populate the qf list
    call setqflist(list)

You can call it without argument or with a commit hash as argument (if no argument is specified, the last commit will be used):

call CommitQF("cc5b6a976fde8c9ee66387c91765feb202ba0124")
call CommitQF()

It will use the git show command with the --name-only argument to get the name of the files in the commit. The tail -n +7 command removes the lines which are not a file name in the output of git show.

Then it will create a list of dictionnaries used to populate the quickfix list (see :h setqflist() for more details about that).

You will need to use :copen to open the quicklist after calling the function (or you can add it to the function)

Edit Another possible approach (and probably a better one) using only built in features would be to use these settings:

set makeprg=git\ show\ --name-only\ $*\ \\\|\ tail\ -n\ +7
set efm+=%f

This way you can use :make (for the current commit) or :make fff93a09 (to specify a commit).

The quickfix window will then contain the list of files and you'll be able to navigate to them.

(Of course you might want to create a mapping of something to switch between your usual makeprg and this one)

You can have a look at these help topics:

Second edit @PeterRincker and @LucHermitte made some really nice suggestions in the comments, many thanks to them.

You could use the following one liner:

command -nargs=? -bar Gshow call setqflist(map(systemlist("git show --pretty='' --name-only <args>"), '{"filename": v:val, "lnum": 1}'))

To create a command :Gshow which takes a commit hash as an optionnal argument and populate the quickfix list.

  • Can also use git show --pretty='' --name-only <revision> to remove the commit message information and only show filenames – Peter Rincker Aug 31 '17 at 17:03
  • I would have used map(copy(flist), '{"filename": v:val, "lnum": 1}') instead of the :for loop -- it's always faster, but also much less annoying to debug. – Luc Hermitte Aug 31 '17 at 17:10
  • With @LucHermitte suggestions this could easily be a one liner: command -nargs=? -bar Gshow call setqflist(map(systemlist("git show --pretty='' --name-only <args>"), '{"filename": v:val, "lnum": 1}')) – Peter Rincker Aug 31 '17 at 20:46
  • Thank you both for your suggestion it is indeed much more efficient than my original answer. – statox Sep 1 '17 at 7:36
  • Is there a plug-in that does that? – firedev Sep 1 '17 at 15:05

The only thing that comes to mind is

git reset --soft head~1

That would "uncommit" the files, and then browse them in Preview window using vim-fugitive :Gtatus command. Not exactly Quickfix, but it's readable, stores your position and you can stage/unstage from there.


Add this to your .vimrc file and you're all set up. This adds files from git diff to the quick fix list:

let s:git_status_dictionary = {
            \ "A": "Added",
            \ "B": "Broken",
            \ "C": "Copied",
            \ "D": "Deleted",
            \ "M": "Modified",
            \ "R": "Renamed",
            \ "T": "Changed",
            \ "U": "Unmerged",
            \ "X": "Unknown"
            \ }
function! s:get_diff_files()
  let list = map(split(system(
              \ 'git diff --name-status HEAD'), '\n'),
              \ '{"filename":matchstr(v:val, "\\S\\+$"),"text":s:git_status_dictionary[matchstr(v:val, "^\\w")]}'
              \ )
  call setqflist(list)

command! -nargs=0 DiffRev call s:get_diff_files()

Credits: slightly edited

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