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In a pull request review (diff), what is the meaning of the colors of the files in the list?

When viewing a "pull" request, I click on "diff".  I see a list of file names on the left and the differences for the file I clicked on the right.

The file name colors are brown, blue-grey, green, light blue-grey, and red.  I can guess that red means a file was removed.  But,  what about the other colors?  What do they indicate?

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Stefan Atlassian Team May 17, 2018

Hi Tia,

In the diff view there is a file tree showing all of the changes for that pull request. The colour of a particular file indicates the file change type:

  • Green - ADDED (a new file was added)
  • Blue - MODIFIED (an existing file was modified)
  • Brown - COPIED (an existing file was copied to create a new file)
  • Brown - MOVED (an existing file was moved to a new path)
  • Red - REMOVED (an existing file was removed)

Git is used to determine what the change type of a file is. See "git help diff-tree" for more information.

A bolded file indicates that you have not yet viewed that file since the last time it was changed. Clicking on a file will unbold it, and it will remain unbolded unless a commit is pushed to the source branch of the pull request which modifies that file.

Kind regards,
Stefan Petrucev
Atlassian Bitbucket

Hi @Stefan is there like an update maybe here for 2020?


or maybe there is a duplicate I see double brown

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