I honestly always forget these guys…

Cherry Pick

One of the best git commands ever.

$ git cherry-pick <commit hash>

Be prepared for merge conflicts. Usually easy to sort out though. When done sorting out conflicts, run git add . and git commit. You will create a commit with the same commit name as the commit you are cherry-picking. You can also cherry-pick a range of commits.

$ git cherry-pick <initial_commit_hash>..<terminal_commit_hash>

Cherry Picking from different repos

This is a bit more advanced. Consider the case where you have two different repos, maybe originally one was a fork of the other or something, you made changes and want to backport the changes to the other repo. Here’s an example

Say you have repo dog-catering-service, and you eventually forked that and built a bigger dog business with more services than just catering. This repo is dog-butler-service and includes all the code from dog-catering-service. You make changes in the dog-butler-service to the catering code, and you want to backport these changes to dog-catering-service.

This is how we do it.

First, check out to dog-catering-service and add a new remote, the dog-butler-service

$ cd dog-catering-service
$ git remote add butler
$ git fetch butler
$ git remote -v
> origin
> butler

Now you have two remotes, origin and butler. Fun fact, origin has no special syntactic meaning in git, it’s just the default name for a remote. Anyways, you have two remotes now, and can cherry-pick from the other remote called butler like this.

$ git checkout butler/master
$ git log

You’re now on the butler repo basically, and should see all your commits from your full-blown dog butler service. Locate the changes you want to backport onto your original dog-catering-service repo and get the hash. Now we’re going to do the cherry-picking magic!

$ git checkout master
$ git cherry-pick<commit hash you just copied over>

Yea! That’s it. You should be rolling now.

Fucked up your tags?

Remove all local tags and fetch remote tags:

$ git tag -l | xargs git tag -d
$ git fetch --tags

Need to delete a remote tag too?

$ git push --delete origin tagName
$ git tag -d tagName

Fucked up your remote tags?

Careful. This sucks.

  1. Remove all remote tags(!!! WARNING !!!)

    $ git tag -l | xargs -n 1 git push --delete origin
  2. Make remote tags match your local

    $ git push <remote> --tags

Match Local Branches to Remote Branches

Have a messy repo? First step towards cleaning up is to match all your local branches to the remote repo.

First, fetch and prune

$ git fetch -p

Next, this thing:

$ git branch -vv | grep ' gone]' | awk '{print $1}' | xargs git branch -d

Will delete any local branches you have that are not on origin.


Always forget this one smh.

$ git reset --hard origin/mybranch


Somehow I always forget this one. Delete remote branch (careful buddy):

$ git push <remote_name> --delete <branch_name>

Delete a local branch:

$ git branch -d branch_name
$ git branch -D branch_name

The -D one is with force

Save headaches down the road

If you’re working on mac and deploying on linux, sometimes your git history doesn’t actually match your file system. Run this:

$ git config core.ignorecase false   

Remove a file from history

Sensitive file in your history?

$ git filter-branch --index-filter "git rm -rf --cached --ignore-unmatch path_to_file" HEAD

Warning: will delete the file from your local FS.

Look at your commits during a given time range

The perfect alibi in a court of law.

$ git log --after="2020-02-02 00:00" --before="2020-02-08 23:59"

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