51 git commands that you’ll ever need to get started with Git 🔥

Version Control (Git) Basics

Hi !! In this blog tutorial, I will be listing out all the necessary and only command that you will ever need to start your GIT journey. You can bookmark this blog and come back to it, whenever it is necessary.

Checking the git configuration

git config -l

Setting up your git username

git config --global user.name "pramit"

Setting up email

git config --global user.email "pramit@aviyel.com"

Caching credential

git config --global credential.helper cache

Initialize repository

git init

Adding filename to staging area

git add file_name

Adding all the files to the staging area

git add .

Add only certain files to the staging area

example add all files starting with “comp”

git add comp*

Checking repo Status

git status

Commit changes

git commit

Commit changes with a message in it

git commit -m "YOOOO!!! This is a message"

Add to staging area and commit changes with a message in it

git commit -a -m "YOOOO!!! This is another message"

To see the commit history

git log

Commit history and the following file changes

git log -p

Show specific commit in git

git show commit_id

Statistics about changes

git log --stat

Changes made before committing them using diff

git diff
git diff some_file.js
git diff --staged

Removing tracked files

git rm filename

Rename files in git

git mv oldfilename newfilename

Revert unstaged changes

git checkout file_name

Revert staged changes

git reset HEAD filename
git reset HEAD -p

Modify and add changes to the most recent commit

git commit --amend

Rollback the last commit

git revert HEAD

Revert a previous commit

git revert comit_id_here

Create a new branch

git branch branch_name

List branch in git

git branch

Create a branch and switch it Immediately

git checkout -b branch_name

Delete a branch in git

git branch -d branch_name


git merge branch_name

Commit log as a graph in git

git log --graph --oneline

Commit log as a graph in git of all branches

git log --graph --oneline --all

Abort a conflicting merge

git merge --abort

Adding a remote repository

git add remote https://repository_name.com

View the remote repo URL

git remote -v

Get more info about remote repo

git remote show origin

Push changes to the remote repository

git push

Pull changes from remote repo

git pull

Check remote branches that git is currently tracking

git branch -r

Fetch remote repo changes

git fetch

Current commit logs of the remote repo

git log origin/main

Merge remote repo with the local repo

git merge origin/main

Get the contents of remote branches in Git without automatically merging

git remote update

Push a new branch to the remote repository

git push -u origin branch_name

Remove a remote branch in git

git push --delete origin branch_name

GIT rebase

(transfer completed work from one branch to another using git rebase)

git rebase branch_name

Force a push request in git:(VERY DANGEROUS)

git push -f

Git tips and tricks

Blank commits

git commit --allow-empty -m "yooo"

Prettify Logs

git log --pretty=oneline --graph --decorate

Clean up local branches

git config --global fetch.prune true
  • you can clean up local branches that have been merged
git branch --merged master | grep -v "master" | xargs -n 1 git branch -d

File that specifies intentionally untracked files that Git should ignore


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Marattha, P. (2022). 51 git commands that you’ll ever need to get started with Git 🔥. Available at: https://dev.to/aviyel/51-git-commands-that-youll-ever-need-to-get-started-with-git-34d5 [Accessed: 3rd Jan 2023].

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