# Magit: Show commits touching one file only

Published on Sep 4, 2021, by Junji Zhi

It’s useful if you want to see file edit history:

• Open (magit-status)
• press l
• limit to files --
• press l again

Tip: You use the regex pattern to match multiple files.

Alternative: Use magit-blame, or C-c v B to see the commits overlay on the file, but if the file is changed often, the information can be too dense to look at. The above trick prints out a list of commits, which is cleaner.

Reference: StackOverflow