Git cheatsheet

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Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

Useful commands

Start a project from scratch: git init and then git remote add origin {repository-url}

Pull the last commits from the distant server: git pull

Add all the modifications to the stack: git add .

Do a commit with a description: git commit -m "message"

Push the commit(s) on the distant server: git push

Discard the changes on uncommited files: git checkout .

Create a new branch: git branch {new-branch}

Merge the current branch with another: git merge {other-branch}

Delete a local branch: git branch -d {local-branch}

Delete a remote branch: git push origin --delete {remote-branch}

Change your working branch: git checkout {branch-name}


Get the repo's status git status or the repo's history: git log

Get the list of branches: git branch or git branch -v to get more info

Get the the commit-tree of all branches: git log --oneline --abbrev-commit --all --graph --decorate --color


Keep the password in memory for the next 8 hours: git config --global credential.helper 'cache --timeout 28800'

Add a shortcut to add and commit at the same time: git config --global '!git add -A && git commit' and then git ac -m "message"

Configure an alias to display the commit-tree: git config --global 'log --oneline --abbrev-commit --all --graph --decorate --color' and then use git gg

Created 06/02/2020

Updated 06/02/2020