Git file history

Introduced in GitLab 0.8.0

Git file History provides information about the commit history associated with a file.

You can find the History button with each file in a project.

File history button

When you select the History button, you’ll see a screen with the noted information:

Git log output

If you hover over a commit in the UI, you’ll see a precise date and time that commit was last modified.

Associated git command

If you’re running git from the command line, the equivalent command is git log <filename>. For example, if you want to find history information about a file in the local directory, run the following command:

git log

You’ll see output similar to the following, which includes the commit time in UTC format:

commit 0e62ed6d9f39fa9bedf7efc6edd628b137fa781a
Author: Mike Jang <>
Date:   Tue Nov 26 21:44:53 2019 +0000

    Deemphasize GDK as a doc build tool

commit 418879420b1e3a4662067bd07b64bb6988654697
Author: Marcin Sedlak-Jakubowski <>
Date:   Mon Nov 4 19:58:27 2019 +0100

    Fix typo

commit 21cc1fef11349417ed515557748369cfb235fc81
Author: Jacques Erasmus <>
Date:   Mon Oct 14 22:13:40 2019 +0000

    Add support for modern JS

    Added rollup to the project

commit 2f5e895aebfa5678e51db303b97de56c51e3cebe
Author: Achilleas Pipinellis <>
Date:   Fri Sep 13 14:03:01 2019 +0000

    Remove gitlab-foss Git URLs as we don't need them anymore

    [ci skip]