Git Tip: Find the Top Contributors
From time to time it’s useful to know who are main authors of some piece of a
project. Admittedly most of the time I want to check who are the top
contributors to some Git repository I’d use a web interface for this
(e.g. GitHub). Probably because I never bothered to remember the magic
incantations to do this with the
git command-line interface and probably
because statistics often look better when you have a have richer UI toolkit to
render them. That being said, today I was reminded how easy it is to cover the basics
with the command-line. If we want a list of the top 10 contributors (in terms of
commits) we can get it like this:1
$ cd cider $ git shortlog -s -n | head -10 3358 Bozhidar Batsov 436 Artur Malabarba 308 Tim King 213 Vitalie Spinu 139 Michael Griffiths 81 yuhan0 60 Tianxiang Xiong 48 Jeff Valk 47 Lars Andersen 43 Hugo Duncan
By default the output is based on the commit author, but you can switch to using the committer identity:
$ git shortlog -s -n -c | head -10 4031 Bozhidar Batsov 434 Artur Malabarba 307 Tim King 129 Michael Griffiths 94 GitHub 82 Vitalie Spinu 48 Jeff Valk 43 Hugo Duncan 42 Lars Andersen 23 Jon Pither
The output here is quite different for me, as I’ve squashed and rebased many commits.
We can also include the emails of the authors, which would result is some fun output for this particular project due to my love for email addresses:
$ git shortlog -s -n -e | head -10 2210 Bozhidar Batsov <email@example.com> 712 Bozhidar Batsov <firstname.lastname@example.org> 418 Artur Malabarba <email@example.com> 308 Tim King <firstname.lastname@example.org> 269 Bozhidar Batsov <email@example.com> 213 Vitalie Spinu <firstname.lastname@example.org> 159 Bozhidar Batsov <email@example.com> 139 Michael Griffiths <firstname.lastname@example.org> 81 yuhan0 <email@example.com> 47 Jeff Valk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Seems I really went overboard here, as I’ve committed code with at least 4 different email addresses!
I’d recommend spending some quality time with
man git-shortlog if I’d like to know what all the flags mean exactly.
That’s all I have for you today. Keep hacking!
All examples use CIDER’s repository. ↩