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How to Delete a Branch in Git Using 2 Easy Methods

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In this article, we will see how to delete a Branch in Git using 2 easy methods. If you are working on Git Repository then you might be aware of branching strategy and concepts. If you don't then let me explain you in a very brief. Every developer working on a project usually keep all their code in the local branch and once it is ready for review then he/she creates a pull request to review his/her code. After review approval this code will be pushed to some development branch like dev for QA deployment. Then after successful QA deployment, dev branch gets merged with master branch for production deployment.

This is a very general branching strategy followed by a developer. It may change project to project and company to company depending on the use case. But the bottom point is that once deployment is completed then a developer might delete his local and remote branches as it was a temporary branch required till deployment. Only dev and master is the permanent branch which should be kept stable at all the times. So to delete a branch in git, you need to follow below given methods. More on GitHub docs.

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How to Delete a Branch in Git Using 2 Practical Methods

How to Delete a Branch in Git  

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Method 1: How to Delete a Local Branch in Git

In normal cases, when you don't have any error or exception in local branch, then you can delete your branch by using git branch -d <branch_name> command. But before that let's check the list of local branches we have in our repository. As you can see from below output currently we have two local branch(dev and feature) and one remote branch(origin/dev).

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[root@localhost ~]# git branch -a
* dev
feature
remotes/origin/dev

So we will go ahead and delete feature branch by using git branch -d feature command.

[root@localhost ~]# git branch -d feature
Deleted branch feature (was 99268c5).

Now if we again check the list of branches, then we see feature branch is not there. This confirms successful deletion of feature branch.

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[root@localhost ~]# git branch -a
* dev
remotes/origin/dev

Sometimes it might be possible that due to some incomplete merge or due to any exception above -d option won't able to delete the branch. So in that case you can use -D instead to forcefully delete the branch as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# git branch -D feature
Deleted branch feature (was 99268c5).

 

Method 2: How to Delete a Remote Branch in Git

Another method that we have is for deleting remote branches. In case you want to delete any remote branch then you need to use git push origin --delete <remote_branch_name> syntax to delete a remote branch. Before that let's check the list of branches we have currently available in our repository. You can use git branch -a command to check all the local and remote branches.

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[root@localhost ~]# git branch -a
dev
* feature
remotes/origin/dev
remotes/origin/feature

As you can see from above output, we have two local branch(dev and feature) and two remote branch(origin/dev and origin/feature) available in our repository. To delete origin/feature remote branch, you need to use git push origin --delete origin/feature command as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# git push origin --delete feature
To ssh://gmail.com@source.developers.google.com:2022/p/sample-project/r/sample-project-repo3
- [deleted] feature

Now if you again check the list of branches using same git branch -a command then you will see remote feature is not available now. This confirms the successful deletion of feature branch.

[root@localhost ~]# git branch -a
dev
* feature
remotes/origin/dev

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