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For Git on Mac client see: Git/Mac


Initial setup

Install git

sudo apt-get install git

Setup a global user name and e-mail for the whole machine

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

To edit the global git configuration, run:

git config --global -e

Setup a local user name and e-mail for a specific local repository

cd to the correct directory with the .git top folder sits in a given repository.

git config --local "Your Name"
git config --local ""

To check the configuration:

git config --local --get
git config --local --get

Setup a local git repository

cd ~/path_of_your_project
git init

Add everything before a commit

git add .

Commit everything

git commit -m "your message about this commit"

Push committed files to the local repository

git push . master

Setup a remote git repository with github

Create a local user that matches

git config "Your Name"
git config "same e-mail used for github account"

To edit the global git configuration, run:

git config --global -e

Create an SSH key to authenticate the dev machine to GitHub

Preliminay step: install xclip

xclip will make it easier to copy/paste the SSH public key to the clipboard.

sudo apt-get install xclip

SSH key

mkdir ~/.ssh (if it doesn't already exist)
cd ~/.ssh/
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "same e-mail used for github account"

The creation of the key includes setting a passphrase. This passphrase will only ever be used locally when trying to access the SSH key to connect to GitHub.

  1. To the question "Enter file in which to save the key" respond id_rsa
  2. Enter passphrase: create a long series of words put together that you can remember.
xclip -sel clip < ~/.ssh/

Go to the GitHub website to register your SSH key (paste it into the GitHub account)

To test the key is working, try to connect to GitHub

ssh -T
On Windows

The ssh agent doesn't run by default. To load the key, run:

eval `ssh-agent.exe`
ssh-add /my/ssh/location/

Setup github repository

cd ~/path_of_your_project
git init
touch README
git add .

Prepare the first commit

git commit -m "first commit"
git remote add origin
git push -u origin master

Push commited files to the remote repository

git remote add origin
git push -u origin master

Pull a remote git repository from GitHub

I assume your SSH key has already been setup on your local dev machine and enabled on the GitHub website account.

mkdir ~/test-directory
cd ~/test-directory/
git init
git remote add origin
git pull -u origin master

Alternative when there is no SSH key:

mkdir ~/test-directory
cd ~/test-directory/
git init
git remote add origin
git pull -u origin master

Check differences before committing

Pick the exact situation:

Changes not staged yet

Show differences between index and working tree, that is, changes you haven't staged to commit

git diff [filename]

Staged changes about to be commited

Show differences between current commit and index, that is, what you're about to commit

git diff --cached [filename]

Commited already but not pushed ye t

Show differences between current commit and working tree

git diff HEAD [filename]

Undo a local commit that has not been pushed yet

git reset --soft HEAD~

Note: don't forget the tilde at the end.

Ignore files


cd to the root of the project.

touch .gitignore
vi .gitignore

Place the following files to ignore (for example):

# Intellij project files

I would include the .gitignore with git add .gitignore and commit it to the repository.

git add .gitignore

Remove files newly ignored but still being shown in git status

When a file was listed by git status and later meant to be ignore by .gitignore, it could still be listed. To make sure it's no longer listed, run:

git rm --cached path/to/file/name

Put current changes in a new branch

git checkout -b name-of-new-branch
git commit -m "ADDED changes from another branch to this new branch."


List all remote branches

git branch -r

List both local and remote branches

git branch -a

List local branches

git branch

Switch to an existing branch

git checkout name-of-existing-branch

If you get the error pathspec '…' did not match any file(s) known to git

git fetch

git fetch will get all information about all branches.


Update the local repository from remote, including the local cache

git fetch --prune

Rename a branch and delete the old branch

git checkout old-branch-name
git branch -m old-branch-name new-branch-name
git push
git push origin :old-branch-name

Merge a branch back to master and delete it

master is the root branch to merge to.

issue-1 is a branch where a bug has been solved and will now be merged back into master.

git checkout master
git merge issue-1
git push origin master
git branch -d issue-1
git push origin :issue-1

git branch -d issue-1 deleted the issue-1 branch locally (check by running git branch).

git push origin :issue-1 deleted the issue-1 branch remotely (check on github).

Change location of the remote repository

git remote -v
# View existing remotes
# origin (fetch)
# origin (push)
git remote set-url origin
# Change the 'origin' remote's URL
git remote -v
# Verify new remote URL
# origin (fetch)
# origin (push)

Clean a local checkout

Remove all directories and files that shouldn't be there after getting the latest code.

git clean -df

Options: -d removes the directories that need removing and -f forces the cleaning.

List only the merge conflict files that need manual fixing

git diff --name-only --diff-filter=U

Checkout a specific file from another branch in the current branch

git checkout other-branch-name -- filename

Choose theirs in a conflict

Rather than merge each conflict manually, if you're sure their changes are correct, not yours, you can run:

git checkout --theirs path/to/the/conflicting/file

Choose yours in a conflict

If you're sure your own changes are correct, not theirs, you can run:

git checkout --ours path/to/the/conflicting/file

List local commits not pushed to remote repository

git log --branches --not --remotes

Give up on an incomplete merge

git merge --abort

Rename local git branch before it has been pushed

git branch -m <oldname> <newname>

If you want to rename the current branch, you can simply do:

git branch -m <newname>

Revert working copy to most recent commit

git reset --hard HEAD

Revert to a commit older than the most recent commit

git revert -m


In conflict, take their changes

To solve a conflict on a specific file, take their changes with:

git checkout --theirs path/to/conflicting/file.aspx

Solve merge conflicts across 2 repositories

First add the dgapitts remote

git remote add dgapitts
git fetch dgapitts

Merge in dgapitts changes

git checkout develop
git merge dgapitts/develop

Resolve conflicts and push

git push origin develop

List all the tags

git tag

Create a new tag

git tag -a v1 -m "First version made for iOS 8.2 and WatchOS 1.0.1 with xcode 6.3.1 and Swift 1.2. Missing working notifications. All branches merged into master."

where v1 is the name of the tag and what follows -m is the tag description.

Push all tags to the remote repository

git push --tags

Remove old local tags that do not exist on remote repository

git tag -l | xargs git tag -d # remove all local tags
git fetch -t                  # fetch remote tags

Commit a case change when the filename is case insensitive

git mv -f File file

Line endings


Adding your SSH key to the ssh-agent

This is especially useful on Windows (Git Bash or Cygwin).

Start the ssh-agent in the background

eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"

Add your ssh key to the agent

ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Stashing code

If I have code I want to keep but not commit, and I need to switch to another branch or pull some changes, then I should stash them temporarily:

git stash

It's possible to have more than one bunch of code stashed on the side. To see them all:

git stash list

To bring forward the most recent stash code:

git stash apply

To apply an older stashed code, specify its name that would look something like stash@{2} for example

git stash apply stash@{2}

Merge another repository into your repository

In the example below, the remote repository, different from your repository, is

You can add it as an "upstream" to be able to merge it into your own repository, in the gh-pages branch (for example)

git remote add upstream
git pull upstream gh-pages

Interesting blog article:

Rebase a branch commits into your current branch

If you know another branch (develop or master for example) has had commits since you created your own feature branch from there, and that these commits should be appended to your feature branch history, they use rebase. This is the equivalent of rewriting the history of the creation of your feature branch, by positioning it after these commits from develop or master.

git pull --rebase origin master

You might need to run git pull again.

Squash previous commits into one or several commits

git reset --soft HEAD~3

Where "3" are the previous 3 commits. Once that command is run, it's possible to recommit in different ways. Note you will need to force push:

git push -f

To un-stage:

git reset HEAD .

Configure multiple SSH ids for Bitbucket


References from GitHub

See the official instructions from

when using GitHub as the remote repository with ssh, an ssh key needs to be generated on the development machine.