How to display last N tags in GIT


Is there a way to display last N tags in git?

I am not interested in a pattern because this can change. For example let’s say I have these tags and I want to get last 3 of them:


Based on the Pro Git seems that this cannot be achieved. Or I am missing something?


This can be done with git tag --sort option which is introduced in Git v 2.0.0.

Note: I’m using the minus sign - to get reverse sorting order (default is oldest to newest).

Replace <number> with an actual natural number.

UNIX, Linux, OS X

git tag --sort=-version:refname | head -n <number>

From man head:

 head [-n count | -c bytes] [file ...]

This filter displays the first count lines or bytes of each of the specified files, or of the standard input if no files are specified.
If count is omitted it defaults to 10.

Windows, the UNIX way

  1. Install Cygwin
  2. See answer for UNIX

Windows, native way

git tag --sort=-version:refname | Select -First <number>

(Info on Select command was found on serverfault)

From git reference:


Sort in a specific order. Supported type is “refname” (lexicographic order), “version:refname” or “v:refname” (tag names are treated as versions). The “version:refname” sort order can also be affected by the “versionsort.prereleaseSuffix” configuration variable. Prepend “-” to reverse sort order. When this option is not given, the sort order defaults to the value configured for the tag.sort variable if it exists, or lexicographic order otherwise.

Answered By – Nick Volynkin

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