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View a file in a different branch without switching the branch

Written byPhuoc Nguyen
15 Mar, 2021
We can use the following command to see the content of a particular file on another branch:
$ git show branch:file
  • `branch` represents the name of destination branch
  • `file` represents the relative path of the file
For example, `git show feature/tip:css/styles.css` shows the content of the file located at `css/styles.css` in the `feature/tip` branch.
You also can open the file in your favourite editor, Vim for example:
$ git show branch:file | vim -
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