I want to delete a branch both locally and on my remote project fork on GitHub.
Failed Attempts to Delete Remote Branch
$ git branch -d remotes/origin/bugfix error: branch 'remotes/origin/bugfix' not found. $ git branch -d origin/bugfix error: branch 'origin/bugfix' not found. $ git branch -rd origin/bugfix Deleted remote branch origin/bugfix (was 2a14ef7). $ git push Everything up-to-date $ git pull From github.com:gituser/gitproject * [new branch] bugfix -> origin/bugfix Already up-to-date.
What do I need to do differently to successfully delete the
remotes/origin/bugfix branch both locally and on GitHub?
Practice As Follows
$ git push -d origin
$ git branch -d
Delete Local Branch
To delete the local branch use:
$ git branch -d branch_name
$ git branch -D branch_name
-d option is an alias for
--delete, which only deletes the branch if it has already been fully merged in its upstream branch. You could also use
-D, which is an alias for
--delete --force, which deletes the branch “irrespective of its merged status.” [Source:
Delete Remote Branch [Updated on 1-Feb-2012]
As of Git v1.7.0, you can delete a remote branch using
$ git push origin --delete
which might be easier to remember than
$ git push origin :
which was added in Git v1.5.0 “to delete a remote branch or a tag.”
Therefore, the version of Git you have installed will dictate whether you need to use the easier or harder syntax.
Delete Remote Branch [Original Answer from 5-Jan-2010]
From Chapter 3 of Pro Git by Scott Chacon:
Deleting Remote Branches
Suppose you’re done with a remote branch — say, you and your collaborators are finished with a feature and have merged it into your remote’s master branch (or whatever branch your stable codeline is in). You can delete a remote branch using the rather obtuse syntax
git push [remotename] :[branch]. If you want to delete your serverfix branch from the server, you run the following:
$ git push origin :serverfix To [email protected]:schacon/simplegit.git - [deleted] serverfix
Boom. No more branch on your server. You may want to dog-ear this page, because you’ll need that command, and you’ll likely forget the syntax. A way to remember this command is by recalling the
git push [remotename] [localbranch]:[remotebranch]syntax that we went over a bit earlier. If you leave off the
[localbranch]portion, then you’re basically saying, “Take nothing on my side and make it be
git push origin :bugfix and it worked beautifully. Scott Chacon was right—I will want to dog ear that page (or virtually dog ear by answering this on Stack Overflow).
Then you should execute this on other machines
git fetch --all --prune
to propagate changes.