In this blog post, I'll share a quick Git tip to help you keep your repositories clean and organized. If you have a Git repository with many branches, it can be useful to remove all branches except the main or master branch. Let's dive into the steps to achieve this.
Step 1: Navigate to the Git Repository
Open your terminal and navigate to the Git repository you want to clean up.
Step 2: Execute the Clean-up Command
Run the following command:
git branch | grep -v "main\|master" | xargs -p git branch -D
You will see the output below
git branch -D test test2?...
Press 'y' and hit enter if you are satisfied with the execution plan. Then,
git branch -D will be executed:
git branch -D test test2?...y Deleted branch test (was ac8a396). Deleted branch test2 (was ac8a396).
Understanding the Command
Let's break down the command step by step:
This command lists all branches. Assume you have three branches:
test2. You will see the output below:
* main test test2
grep is a command used to search plain-text data that matches a regular expression. With
-v, it excludes the main and master branches from the output.
xargs -p git branch -D
xargs is a command used to build and execute commands from standard input. In this case, its input comes from
grep -v, which is a list of branches excluding
-p argument allows you to review the execution and decide whether to continue.
By removing unnecessary branches, you can keep your Git repository organized and improve your workflow. Give it a try! Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions in the comments below.