View the change history of a file using Git versioning

How can I view the change history of an individual file in Git, complete details with what has changed?

I have got as far as:

git log -- [filename]

which shows me the commit history of the file, but how do I get at the content of each of the file changes?

I’m trying to make the transition from Microsoft Visual SourceSafe and that used to be a simple right-click → Show history.


For a graphical view I’d use gitk:

gitk [filename]

Or to follow filename past renames:

gitk --follow [filename]

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