A work-in-progress list of my favorite Git commands

I was planning to write an article as a reference for the Git commands I use the most. In the following list you see these commands and an explanation for each one of them:

  • Initialize an empty Git repository in an existing folder:
    • git init
  • Discards all local changes to all files:
    • git reset –hard
  • Clones an online repository:
    • git clone URLOfTheRepository
  • Merge master into a feature branch. A practical way to refresh the feature branch with changes that were made in other feature branches and merged to master:
    • git rebase master
  • Create a new feature branch:
    • git checkout -b BranchName
  • A list of all local branches inside a repository:
    • git branch
  • Delete a branch locally:
    • git branch -D BranchName
  • Connect a remote branch to an existing local branch:
    • git branch –set-upstream-to=origin/TheNameOfTheRemoteBranch TheNameOfTheLocalBranch
  • Make a new remote branch, based on the local branch
    • git push –set-upstream origin TheNameOfTheLocalBranch
  • Revert the last commit you made:
    • git revert head
  • Create a new local branch from cmd:
    • git checkout -b TheNameOfTheLocalBranch
  • Push the local branch to remote:
    • git push origin TheNameOfTheLocalBranch
  • Delete a remote branch:
    • git push origin –delete TheNameOfTheLocalBranch
  • Update the local branches from the remote ones:
    • git pull
  • Get & update all (not only the mapped ones) the remote branches locally:
    • git fetch
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