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Press minus + shift + s and return to chop/fold long lines!

Show folder content: ls -la


See where Git is located: which git

Get the version of Git: git --version

Create an alias (shortcut) for git status:

git config --global status

Initial git config:

git config --global "Name"

git config --global

git config --global core.editor 'subl -w'

git config --list


Help: git help <verb> git <verb> help


Initialize Git: git init

Initialize a bare repo for sharing/remote: git init --bare

Get everything ready to commit: git add .

Get custom file ready to commit: git add index.html

Commit changes: git commit -m "Message"

Add and commit in one step: git commit -am "Message"

Remove files from Git: git rm index.html

Remove a previously tracked file: git rm --cached log.out

Update all changes: git add -u

Remove file but do not track anymore: git rm --cached index.html

Move or rename files: git mv index.html dir/index_new.html

Undo modifications (restore files from latest commited version): git checkout -- index.html

Restore file from a custom commit (in current branch): git checkout 6eb715d -- index.html


Go back to commit: git revert 073791e7dd71b90daa853b2c5acc2c925f02dbc6

Soft reset (move HEAD only; neither staging nor working dir is changed): git reset --soft 073791e7dd71b90daa853b2c5acc2c925f02dbc6

Undo latest commit: git reset --soft HEAD~

Mixed reset (move HEAD and change staging to match repo; does not affect working dir): git reset --mixed 073791e7dd71b90daa853b2c5acc2c925f02dbc6

Hard reset (move HEAD and change staging dir and working dir to match repo): git reset --hard 073791e7dd71b90daa853b2c5acc2c925f02dbc6

Update & Delete

Test-Delete untracked files: git clean -n

Delete untracked files (not staging): git clean -f

Unstage (undo adds): git reset HEAD index.html

Commit to most recent commit: git commit --amend -m "Message"

Update most recent commit message: git commit --amend -m "New Message"


Show branches: git branch

Create branch: git branch branchname

Change to branch: git checkout branchname

Create and change to new branch: git checkout -b branchname

Rename branch: git branch -m branchname new_branchname or: git branch --move branchname new_branchname git push origin :old_name new_name git push origin -u new_name git remote update --prune remove old branches from the remote

Show all completely merged branches with current branch: git branch --merged

Delete merged branch (only possible if not HEAD): git branch -d branchname or: git branch --delete branchname

Delete not merged branch: git branch -D branch_to_delete


True merge (fast forward): git merge branchname

Merge to master (only if fast forward): git merge --ff-only branchname

Merge to master (forc a new commit): git merge --no-ff branchname

Stop merge (in case of conflicts): git merge --abort

Stop merge (in case of conflicts): git reset --merge // prior to v1.7.4


Put in stash: git stash save "Message"

Show stash: git stash list

Show stash stats: git stash show stash@{0}

Show stash changes: git stash show -p stash@{0}

Use custom stash item and drop it: git stash pop stash@{0}

Use custom stash item and do not drop it: git stash apply stash@{0}

Delete custom stash item: git stash drop stash@{0}

Delete complete stash: git stash clear

Gitignore & Gitkeep


Useful templates:

Add or edit gitignore: nano .gitignore

Track empty dir: touch dir/.gitkeep


Show commits: git log

Show oneline-summary of commits: git log --oneline

Show oneline-summary of commits with full SHA-1: git log --format=oneline

Show oneline-summary of the last three commits: git log --oneline -3

Show only custom commits:

git log --author="Sven"

git log --grep="Message"

git log --until=2013-01-01

git log --since=2013-01-01

Show only custom data of commit:

git log --format=short

git log --format=full

git log --format=fuller

git log --format=email

git log --format=raw

Show changes: git log -p

Show every commit since special commit for custom file only: git log 6eb715d.. index.html

Show changes of every commit since special commit for custom file only: git log -p 6eb715d.. index.html

Show stats and summary of commits: git log --stat --summary

Show history of commits as graph: git log --graph

Show history of commits as graph-summary: git log --oneline --graph --all --decorate


Compare modified files: git diff

Compare modified files and highlight changes only: git diff --color-words index.html

Compare modified files within the staging area: git diff --staged

Compare branches: git diff master..branchname

Compare branches like above: git diff --color-words master..branchname^

Compare commits:

git diff 6eb715d

git diff 6eb715d..HEAD

git diff 6eb715d..537a09f

Compare commits of file:

git diff 6eb715d index.html

git diff 6eb715d..537a09f index.html

Compare without caring about spaces:

git diff -b 6eb715d..HEAD or:

git diff --ignore-space-change 6eb715d..HEAD

Compare without caring about all spaces:

git diff -w 6eb715d..HEAD or:

git diff --ignore-all-space 6eb715d..HEAD

Useful comparings:

git diff --stat --summary 6eb715d..HEAD


git blame -L10,+1 index.html

Releases & Version Tags

Show all released versions: git tag

Show all released versions with comments: git tag -l -n1

Create release version: git tag v1.0.0

Create release version with comment: git tag -a v1.0.0 -m 'Message'

Checkout a specific release version: git checkout v1.0.0


Show remote: git remote

Show remote details: git remote -v

Add remote origin from GitHub project: git remote add origin

Add remote origin from existing empty project on server: git remote add origin ssh://root@

Remove origin: git remote rm origin

Show remote branches: git branch -r

Show all branches: git branch -a

Compare: git diff origin/master..master

Push (set default with -u): git push -u origin master

Push to default: git push origin master

Fetch: git fetch origin

Pull: git pull

Pull specific branch: git pull origin branchname

Merge fetched commits: git merge origin/master

Clone to localhost:

git clone or:

git clone ssh://

Clone to localhost folder:

git clone ~/dir/folder

Clone to current folder:

git clone //server/share .

Clone specific branch to localhost:

git clone -b branchname

Delete remote branch (push nothing):

git push origin :branchname or:

git push origin --delete branchname


Create a zip-archive: git archive --format zip --output master

Export/write custom log to a file: git log --author=sven --all > log.txt


Ignore files that have already been committed to a Git repository:


Hide Git on the web via .htaccess: RedirectMatch 404 /\.git (more info here:

Large File Storage


Install: brew install git-lfs

Track *.psd files: git lfs track "*.psd" (init, add, commit and push as written above)

Git Ignore

To add Icon\r:

vim .gitignore Go to a new line: Icon Add CRLF: Ctrl-v Enter Ctrl-v Enter Write and exit: Esc :wq


Add to ~/.gitconfig:

lg1 = log --graph --abbrev-commit --decorate --format=format:'%C(bold blue)%h%C(reset) - %C(bold green)(%ar)%C(reset) %C(white)%s%C(reset) %C(dim white)- %an%C(reset)%C(bold yellow)%d%C(reset)' --all
lg2 = log --graph --abbrev-commit --decorate --format=format:'%C(bold blue)%h%C(reset) - %C(bold cyan)%aD%C(reset) %C(bold green)(%ar)%C(reset)%C(bold yellow)%d%C(reset)%n''          %C(white)%s%C(reset) %C(dim white)- %an%C(reset)' --all
lg = !"git lg1"

Splitting up a large repo

  1. Create a new directory for the files you want to keep
  2. Clone the large repo into this new folder
  3. git filter-branch --prune-empty --subdirectory-filter FOLDER-NAME BRANCH-NAME where:
    • FOLDER-NAME is the folder in the repo you want to keep/split away
    • BRANCH-NAME is the branch you want
  4. Create a new repo for the split directory
  5. Change the remote and push
    • git remote set-url origin
    • git push origin --all
  6. Profit

Pushing to multiple remotes at once

git remote set-url origin --push --add user1@repo1
git remote set-url origin --push --add user2@repo2
git remote -v