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The Git commit graph stores a list of commit OIDs and some associated metadata, including:

  • The generation number of the commit.

  • The root tree OID.

  • The commit date.

  • The parents of the commit, stored using positional references within the graph file.

  • The Bloom filter of the commit carrying the paths that were changed between the commit and its first parent, if requested.

These positional references are stored as unsigned 32-bit integers corresponding to the array position within the list of commit OIDs. Due to some special constants we use to track parents, we can store at most (1 << 30) + (1 << 29) + (1 << 28) - 1 (around 1.8 billion) commits.

Commit graph files have the following format:

In order to allow extensions that add extra data to the graph, we organize the body into "chunks" and provide a binary lookup table at the beginning of the body. The header includes certain values, such as number of chunks and hash type.

All multi-byte numbers are in network byte order.


4-byte signature:
    The signature is: {'C', 'G', 'P', 'H'}
1-byte version number:
    Currently, the only valid version is 1.
 1-byte Hash Version
     We infer the hash length (H) from this value:
1 => SHA-1
2 => SHA-256
     If the hash type does not match the repository's hash algorithm, the
     commit-graph file should be ignored with a warning presented to the
1-byte number (C) of "chunks"
1-byte number (B) of base commit-graphs
    We infer the length (H*B) of the Base Graphs chunk
    from this value.


(C + 1) * 12 bytes listing the table of contents for the chunks:
    First 4 bytes describe the chunk id. Value 0 is a terminating label.
    Other 8 bytes provide the byte-offset in current file for chunk to
    start. (Chunks are ordered contiguously in the file, so you can infer
    the length using the next chunk position if necessary.) Each chunk
    ID appears at most once.
The CHUNK LOOKUP matches the table of contents from
link:/docs/chunk-format[the chunk-based file format].
The remaining data in the body is described one chunk at a time, and
these chunks may be given in any order. Chunks are required unless
otherwise specified.


OID Fanout (ID: {'O', 'I', 'D', 'F'}) (256 * 4 bytes)
    The ith entry, F[i], stores the number of OIDs with first
    byte at most i. Thus F[255] stores the total
    number of commits (N).
OID Lookup (ID: {'O', 'I', 'D', 'L'}) (N * H bytes)
    The OIDs for all commits in the graph, sorted in ascending order.
Commit Data (ID: {'C', 'D', 'A', 'T' }) (N * (H + 16) bytes)
  * The first H bytes are for the OID of the root tree.
  * The next 8 bytes are for the positions of the first two parents
    of the ith commit. Stores value 0x70000000 if no parent in that
    position. If there are more than two parents, the second value
    has its most-significant bit on and the other bits store an array
    position into the Extra Edge List chunk.
  * The next 8 bytes store the topological level (generation number v1)
    of the commit and
    the commit time in seconds since EPOCH. The generation number
    uses the higher 30 bits of the first 4 bytes, while the commit
    time uses the 32 bits of the second 4 bytes, along with the lowest
    2 bits of the lowest byte, storing the 33rd and 34th bit of the
    commit time.
Generation Data (ID: {'G', 'D', 'A', 'T' }) (N * 4 bytes) [Optional]
  * This list of 4-byte values store corrected commit date offsets for the
    commits, arranged in the same order as commit data chunk.
  * If the corrected commit date offset cannot be stored within 31 bits,
    the value has its most-significant bit on and the other bits store
    the position of corrected commit date into the Generation Data Overflow
  * Generation Data chunk is present only when commit-graph file is written
    by compatible versions of Git and in case of split commit-graph chains,
    the topmost layer also has Generation Data chunk.
Generation Data Overflow (ID: {'G', 'D', 'O', 'V' }) [Optional]
  * This list of 8-byte values stores the corrected commit date offsets
    for commits with corrected commit date offsets that cannot be
    stored within 31 bits.
  * Generation Data Overflow chunk is present only when Generation Data
    chunk is present and atleast one corrected commit date offset cannot
    be stored within 31 bits.
Extra Edge List (ID: {'E', 'D', 'G', 'E'}) [Optional]
    This list of 4-byte values store the second through nth parents for
    all octopus merges. The second parent value in the commit data stores
    an array position within this list along with the most-significant bit
    on. Starting at that array position, iterate through this list of commit
    positions for the parents until reaching a value with the most-significant
    bit on. The other bits correspond to the position of the last parent.
Bloom Filter Index (ID: {'B', 'I', 'D', 'X'}) (N * 4 bytes) [Optional]
  * The ith entry, BIDX[i], stores the number of bytes in all Bloom filters
    from commit 0 to commit i (inclusive) in lexicographic order. The Bloom
    filter for the i-th commit spans from BIDX[i-1] to BIDX[i] (plus header
    length), where BIDX[-1] is 0.
  * The BIDX chunk is ignored if the BDAT chunk is not present.
 Bloom Filter Data (ID: {'B', 'D', 'A', 'T'}) [Optional]
   * It starts with header consisting of three unsigned 32-bit integers:
     - Version of the hash algorithm being used. We currently only support
value 1 which corresponds to the 32-bit version of the murmur3 hash
implemented exactly as described in and the double
hashing technique using seed values 0x293ae76f and 0x7e646e2 as
described in "Bloom Filters
in Probabilistic Verification"
     - The number of times a path is hashed and hence the number of bit positions
      that cumulatively determine whether a file is present in the commit.
     - The minimum number of bits 'b' per entry in the Bloom filter. If the filter
      contains 'n' entries, then the filter size is the minimum number of 64-bit
      words that contain n*b bits.
   * The rest of the chunk is the concatenation of all the computed Bloom
     filters for the commits in lexicographic order.
   * Note: Commits with no changes or more than 512 changes have Bloom filters
     of length one, with either all bits set to zero or one respectively.
   * The BDAT chunk is present if and only if BIDX is present.
Base Graphs List (ID: {'B', 'A', 'S', 'E'}) [Optional]
    This list of H-byte hashes describe a set of B commit-graph files that
    form a commit-graph chain. The graph position for the ith commit in this
    file's OID Lookup chunk is equal to i plus the number of commits in all
    base graphs.  If B is non-zero, this chunk must exist.


H-byte HASH-checksum of all of the above.