Today I Learned

A Hashrocket project

Examine or Diff a file on another #git branch

At times, I’m curious about the changes that have been made for a particular file on a branch that is not the branch I’m on.

The vim-fugitive plugin provides an easy way to open a buffer for a file on another branch with the :Gedit command.

For instance:


Will open a buffer with the contents of the file from the readme_updates branch.

You may want to view that file in comparison to the current file. The :Gdiff command provides us with that functionality:

Every developer at Hashrocket is a Vim expert. Check out our development environment, Dotmatrix, and if you are in Chicago, come to the monthly Vim Chicago Meetup hosted at our Chicago office.