I can’t count the number of times that I’ve created a new feature branch only to notice that I’ve managed to add a typo to the branch name. Usually, it looks something like this:
$ git checkout -b feature/addign-login
Usually in this situation I’d create a new branch with the correct name from my current (incorrectly named) branch and delete the old one:
$ git checkout -b feature/adding-login $ git branch -D feature/addign-login
It turns out that this happens enough for
git to have an alias for it –
git branch -m.
Instead of creating a new branch and deleting the old one, you can do the following:
$ git branch -m feature/adding-login
This will rename the branch that you’re on in place.
If you want to see a more complete example, here I fix the typo running
git branch before and after to show you the state of branches before and after
$ git branch * feature/addign-login master $ git branch -m feature/adding-login $ git branch * feature/adding-login master
You can of course use any name that you like
$ git branch * feature/adding-login master $ git branch -m i-like-turtles $ git branch * i-like-turtles master
Michael is a polyglot software engineer, committed to reducing complexity in systems and making them more predictable. Working with a variety of languages and tools, he shares his technical expertise to audiences all around the world at user groups and conferences. You can follow @mheap on Twitter