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Git: handy branching commands

Filed under: Webdev— Tagged with: branch, git

Here’s a little cheat sheet to help deal with branches.

Listing branches

List branches:

$ git brach

List remote branches:

$ git branch --remote # Or -r for short

List remote branches that are not tracked:

$ git ls-remote --heads <remote-name>

Making and editing branches

Make a new branch based on the active branch:

$ git branch <branch-name>

Rename a branch:

$ git branch -m <old-name> <new-name>

Rename the active branch:

$ git branch -m <new-name>

Deleting branches

Delete a branch in a safe manner:

$ git branch -d <branch-name>

Git docs on the -d flag:

Delete a branch. The branch must be fully merged in its upstream branch, or in HEAD if no upstream was set with

If a branch that is not merged is wanted to be deleted, use the capital D -D flag to force it:

$ git branch -D <branch-name>

Delete remote branch:

$ git branch -d -r origin/<branch-name> has great git docs.

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