How to Create and Delete a Git Branch
Creating and deleting local and remote development branches
Some of the basic things we may need to do when working on a feature involved creating a development branch and then deleting that branch after merging all the changes.
Here is how we can do that.
Creating a Local Branch
Below is an example of creating a new branch
new-dev-branch from the
git checkout -b new-dev-branch master
Creating a Remote Branch
Creating a local branch does not mean that a branch is also created in the remote repository. There is a new command for that.
git push -u origin new-dev-branch
In this example, I have used the same name for the remote branch as for the local branch, but they can have different names.
Deleting a Local Branch
Once we finished working on the development branch and merged our changes back into the original branch (the
master branch in our case) we can delete the local development branch. Here is the command for that.
git branch -d new-dev-branch
-d option does not delete the local branch if it contains commits that haven’t been merged into other local branches or pushed to the remote repository. To delete the branch even in these cases use the
Deleting a Remote Branch
Here is the git command for deleting the
new-dev-branch remote branch.
git push origin --delete new-dev-branch
That’s all. Thanks for reading.