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5.3.6 Cherries

Cherries are commits that haven’t been applied upstream (yet), and are usually visualized using a log. Each commit is prefixed with - if it has an equivalent in the upstream and + if it does not, i.e. if it is a cherry.

The command magit-cherry shows cherries for a single branch, but the references buffer (see References Buffer) can show cherries for multiple "upstreams" at once.

Also see the git-reflog(1) manpage.

Y     (magit-cherry)

Show commits that are in a certain branch but that have not been merged in the upstream branch.

user option magit-cherry-margin

This option specifies whether the margin is initially shown in Magit-Cherry mode buffers and how it is formatted.


  • If INIT is non-nil, then the margin is shown initially.
  • STYLE controls how to format the author or committer date. It can be one of age (to show the age of the commit), age-abbreviated (to abbreviate the time unit to a character), or a string (suitable for format-time-string) to show the actual date. Option magit-log-margin-show-committer-date controls which date is being displayed.
  • WIDTH controls the width of the margin. This exists for forward compatibility and currently the value should not be changed.
  • AUTHOR controls whether the name of the author is also shown by default.
  • AUTHOR-WIDTH has to be an integer. When the name of the author is shown, then this specifies how much space is used to do so.