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Git Cheat Sheet


Git is a version control system used for tracking changes in text files. This cheat sheet lists the most common and useful Git commands. Refer to the official Git documentation for more in-depth information.

Configuration #

Configure user information:

git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global ""

Set default text editor to Vim:

git config --global core.editor vim

Set default branch name to main:

git config --global init.defaultBranch main

Create and clone repositories #

Initialize a new repository:

git init

Clone a repository:

git clone repository.git

Basic commands #

Check repository status:

git status

Add changes in file to staging:

git add file

Commit changes:

git commit -m "Commit message"

Commit all changes (including untracked files):

git commit -am "Commit message"

Branching #

Viewing branches #

See all local branches:

$ git branch

See all remote branches:

$ git branch -r

Creating branches #

Create a new branch banch_name:

git branch branch_name

Switch to branch_name branch:

git checkout branch_name

Create new_branch branch from current branch and switch to it:

git checkout -b new_branch

Create new_branch branch from main branch:

$ git checkout -b new_branch main

Deleting branches #

Delete local branch_name branch:

git branch -d branch_name

Delete local branch_name branch with unmerged/unpushed commits:

$ git branch -D branch_name

Delete remote branch branch_name:

$ git push origin --delete branch_name

Merging branches #

Merge changes from branch_name branch into the current branch:

git merge branch_name

Remote repositories #

Add a remote repository:

git remote add origin repository.git

Show remote URL of current repository:

$ git config --get remote.origin.url

Push changes to a remote repository:

git push -u origin branch_name

Pull changes from a remote repository:

git pull origin branch_name

Fetch changes from a remote repository (without merging):

git fetch

Switching remote URLs from HTTPS to SSH

$ git remote set-url origin

Reset (undo) #

Soft reset #

Discard changes in file in the working directory:

git checkout -- file

Unstage changes in file:

git reset file

Amend (change) the last commit:

git commit --amend

Hard reset #

Set Git back to HEAD:

git reset --hard HEAD

Set Git back to the commit before the HEAD:

git reset --hard HEAD^

Set Git back to the n-th commit before the HEAD:

git reset --hard HEAD~n

Stage file for removal (untrack), without removing it from the working dir:

$ git rm -r --cached file

Stashing #

Stash changes:

git stash

Apply stashed changes:

git stash apply

Tagging #

Create a lightweight tag:

git tag tag_name

Create an annotated tag:

git tag -a tag_name -m "Tag message"

List all tags:

git tag

Git Large File Storage (LFS) #

Install Git-LFS:

$ git lfs install

Read Git-LFS help page for <command>:

$ git lfs help <command>
$ git lfs <command> -h

Add .png file type to be handled by Git LFS:

$ git lfs track "*.png"

Remove .png file type from Git LFS:

$ git lfs untrack "*.png"

Log and history #

Show commit history:

git log

Show commit history with a graph:

git log --graph --oneline --all

These commands cover the basics of using Git. Adjust them based on your specific needs and remember to refer to the official Git documentation for more in-depth information.

Further readings #

Sources and recommended, further resources on the topic:


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