Renaming a Branch in Git

I finally had a situation where I needed to rename a branch in git. When I was the only one involved in a development effort (or even looking at it!), it didn’t really matter if I typo’d something. Exchange and Exchagne … I know what I meant. But working under a more formal development process, I started naming my branch after the issue ID. And managed to typo the first one. Sigh!

# Check out the incorrectly named branch

git checkout OSSA166

# Rename it with the correct name

git branch -m OSSA163

# See what you’ve got — the local one is right now, but the remote is still incorrectly named

git branch -a

* OSSA163
master
remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master
remotes/origin/OSSA166
remotes/origin/master
remotes/origin/uat

# Push a change to rename the remote one too

git push origin :OSSA166 OSSA163

Total 0 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)

To ssh://git.example.com/path/to/my/repo.git

– [deleted]         OSSA166
* [new branch]      OSSA163 -> OSSA163

# And see what you’ve got again

git branch -a

* OSSA163
master
remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master
remotes/origin/OSSA163
remotes/origin/master
remotes/origin/uat

 

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