How Do I Show the Changes Which Have Been Staged?

Better Stack Team
Updated on June 24, 2024

To show the changes that have been staged (i.e., changes that have been added to the staging area), you can use the git diff --cached command. Here's how:

git diff --cached

This command will display the differences between the files in the staging area and the last commit. In other words, it shows the changes that are staged and ready to be committed.


  • The -cached option is equivalent to -staged and specifies that you want to compare the changes against the staging area.
  • If you prefer a more compact output, you can use the -stat option to display a summary of changes instead of a detailed diff:

    git diff --cached --stat
  • After reviewing the staged changes, you can proceed with committing them using git commit.

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