How to get the list of files from a merge commit id

I am in master branch, I need to get the list of files in each commit id, I am not able to retrieve any files using the merge commit id, If a merge happens from a different branch to master, then if use the regular (git show or git diff tree) for the merge commit id it returns nothing. Basically I am not able to get the list of files that has been modified in differnt branch and merged to master. Is there a way to get the list of files using merge commit id ..??

Thanks in advance..!!

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This command will get the files in commit id.

git log -m -1 --name-only --pretty="format:" COMMITID
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Chris Fuller Atlassian Team Jun 07, 2014

git diff --stat is probably what you're after:

cfuller@crf:~/src/atlassian/jira [master]$ git show f2ba530
commit f2ba530462ecbe9ef12cc0d1bb5355ca09495475
Merge: 246473c f6100d6
Author: Richard Cordova <>
Date:   Fri Jun 6 03:25:24 2014 +0000

    Merge pull request #1052 in JIRA/jira from issue/JDEV-27150 to release

    * commit 'f6100d6681211c819abe13c7ea543b7f64eadfde':
      JDEV-27150: Ensure only one node executes upgrade tasks

cfuller@crf:~/src/atlassian/jira [master]$ git diff --stat 246473c..f2ba5304
 jira-components/jira-plugins/jira-sal-plugin/src/main/java/com/atlassian/sal/jira/upgrade/ | 39 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 38 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

Sometimes what you want is the other merge parent, but clearly not here:

cfuller@crf:~/src/atlassian/jira [master]$ git diff --stat f6100d6..f2ba530
 jira-components/jira-plugins/jira-bundled-plugins/pom.xml | 2 +-
 pom.xml                                                   | 2 +-
 2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

This is because, for a merge, the list of modified files depend on which parent you are comparing from. For example, the merge of the branch 'foo' to the branch 'master' will have a different list of modified files if the comparison is 'foo -> merge' or 'master -> merge'.

So to see the list of modified files, just run the diff command indicating which parent you want the diff to be compared to:

  • for the first parent:
    git diff merge^ merge --name-status
  • or for the second parent:
    git diff merge^2 merge --name-status

And so on (merge^n) to compare to any other parent of the merge.

Note that the different notations supported by Git (commit^n, commit~n, etc.) are explained in the manual of the rev-parse command:

git help -w rev-parse

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