Git - Local branch

1 - About

A local branch is a branch that exists only on your computer.

A tracking branch is a local reference to a remote branch but is not a local branch

3 - Type

There are two types of local branches:

  • non-tracking local branches. They are not associated with any other branch.
  • and tracking local branches. Tracking local branches allow you to run git pull and git push, without specifying which upstream branch to use.

4 - Management

4.1 - Create

  • Non-tracking local branches

git branch <branchname> [<start-point>]
git branch branchName1 branchName2
# or
# where -b create a branch and check it out with a single command
git checkout -b branchName

  • Tracking Local branch

git branch branchname <remote/branch>
git branch --track <branchname> [<start-point]

# example
git branch --track branch_name origin/branch_name

4.2 - See

  • All

git branch


* branch_name
  master

  • All with tracking option

git branch -vv


* branch_tracked 95cf879 [origin/branch_name] * Commit message
  master      f3c6174 [origin/master] * Pull Request 
  branch_not_tracked c750e03ed  * Commit message 2

4.3 - Delete


git branch -d <branchname>

# Force
git branch -D <branchname>

4.4 - Paths

Each local branch has a file under .git/refs/heads/


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