In this article, I will show you how you can work on your own Bitbucket feature branch. Usually in a team of developers, when multiple people are working on a project then each of the team member will have their own feature branch created to work on a particular feature. So that when the work gets completed, it will be easy to review the code. Bitbucket is a very popular Git based source code repository used by most of the Organizations to manage and maintain their project source code. Hence here we will see how a developer can create and work on their own Bitbucket feature branch. More about Bitbucket.
How to Create and Work on your Own Bitbucket Feature Branch
Step 1: Prerequisites
a) You should have access to Bitbucket application.
b) You should have access to clone your Project specific repo.
c) You should have access to create your own Bitbucket feature branch.
c) You should have commit access to your Bitbucket feature branch.
Step 2: Login to Bitbucket
You need to first login to your Bitbucket using valid
Password. Then you need to go to your Project and select the repo in which you need to work on. For the moment here we are using a project called
Test Project and a repo called
Step 3: Create Feature Branch
Here you need to first select the branch from where you want to create your feature branch. Once selected, click on
three dot(...) and then select
Create branch from here as highlighted below.
Here you can select the
Branch type as
feature and then give the
Branch name as
Once given, click on
Create branch. It will create your feature branch with all the files cloned from
develop branch as shown below.
Step 4: Clone the Repo
Now you need to clone the repo in your local system by using
git clone https://app.cyberithub.com/bitbucket/scm/hello/example-app.git command as shown below. To get the repo URL, click on
Clone on the left pane and copy the URL.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~$ git clone https://app.cyberithub.com/bitbucket/scm/hello/example-app.git Cloning into 'example-app'... remote: Enumerating objects: 4747, done. remote: Counting objects: 100% (4747/4747), done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (2499/2499), done. remote: Total 4747 (delta 2213), reused 2676 (delta 1190), pack-reused 0 Receiving objects: 100% (4747/4747), 366.45 KiB | 244.00 KiB/s, done. Resolving deltas: 100% (2213/2213), done.
Then go to that repo by using
cd example-app command as shown below.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~$ cd example-app
Here you need to check your current branch by using
git branch command. By default, you should be either in
develop or may be in some other branch depending on the branching policy you have. As you can see, here we are in
cyberithub@ubuntu:~/example-app$ git branch * develop
Step 5: Create Local Branch
To work on your own branch, you need to create a local branch and switch on it by using
git checkout -b feature/exampleProject command as shown below.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~/example-app$ git checkout -b feature/exampleProject Switched to a new branch 'feature/exampleProject'
Now if you check your branch again by using
git branch command then you can see that
star(*) mark will now show to your local branch that you just created and switched. It means you are now in your local branch and can start working on your branch.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~/example-app$ git branch develop * feature/exampleProject
Step 6: Pull the changes(Optional)
If you want to pull all the changes from a specific branch(let's say
main in our case) before starting to work on our feature branch then that also you can do by first pulling the changes using
git pull origin main command as shown below.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~/example-app$ git pull origin main warning: Pulling without specifying how to reconcile divergent branches is discouraged. You can squelch this message by running one of the following commands sometime before your next pull: git config pull.rebase false # merge (the default strategy) git config pull.rebase true # rebase git config pull.ff only # fast-forward only You can replace "git config" with "git config --global" to set a default preference for all repositories. You can also pass --rebase, --no-rebase, or --ff-only on the command line to override the configured default per invocation. From https://app.cyberithub.com/bitbucket/scm/hello/example-app * branch main -> FETCH_HEAD Updating 8754921..ffa96ad Fast-Forward .gitignore src/com/cyberithub/conf/main.json | 1 + src/com/cyberithub/conf/server.json | 6 +++--- src/com/cyberithub/conf/pom.xml | 4 ++-- 3 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
Step 7: Add & Commit Your Changes
Once all the project work is completed, you can check the changes that needs to be added using
git status command.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~/example-app$ git status On branch feature/exampleProject Untracked files: (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) src/com/cyberithub/conf/ nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)
To add all the changes to the current branch, use
git add . command.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~/example-app$ git add .
Then to commit all the added changes, use
git commit -m "Adding minor changes in pom.xml" command.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~/example-app$ git commit -m "Adding minor changes in pom.xml" [feature/exampleProject 076400b] Adding minor changes in pom.xml 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
Step 8: Push Your Changes
Once all the changes are committed, you can push those changes to the remote branch by using
git push -u origin feature/exampleProject command as shown below.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~/example-app$ git push -u origin feature/exampleProject Enumerating objects: 24, done. Counting objects: 100% (24/24), done. Delta compression using up to 16 threads Compressing objects: 100% (14/14) done. Writing objects: 100% (18/18), 2.37 KiB | 2.37 MiB/s, done. Total 18 (delta 4), reused 2 (delta 1), pack-reused 0 remote: Checking connectivity:13, done remote: remote: Create pull request for feature/exampleProject: remote: https://app.cyberithub.com/bitbucket/projects/hello/repos/example-app/pull-requests?create&sourceBranch=refs/heads/feature/exampleProject remote: To https://app.cyberithub.com/bitbucket/scm/hello/example-app.git ffa96ad..076400b feature/exampleProject -> feature/exampleProject Branch 'feature/exampleProject' set up to track remote branch 'feature/exampleProject' from 'origin'.
Step 9: Raise a Pull Request(PR)
You can check all the changes if pushed correctly in your remote feature branch. Now it is time to create
PR(pull request) to merge your feature branch to the
develop depending upon your branching policy. You can click on
Create Pull Request on the left column as highlighted below.
Then select the branch you want to merge your feature branch with. In our case, we want to merge
develop. So we will select
develop on the Destination branch.
Finally select the approvers in the approval list who will review the PR. Once done, click on
Create. Later on, once your PR is approved you can merge the feature branch and verify the changes. During merging, you will get an option selected called
Delete Source branch after merging during merge. You can either choose to delete your source feature branch at the time of merging or you can also delete it later, in that case you need to deselect
Delete Source branch after merging option.
Step 10: Delete Local Branch
Once the feature branch is merged and then later deleted, you can come back to your local system and delete the local feature branch as well. If you want you can also delete the cloned directory by using
rm -rf example-app command as shown below.
cyberithub@ubuntu:~/example-app$ cd ../ cyberithub@ubuntu:~$ rm -rf example-app