How to change the name of branches locally and remotely in Git?

Published October 17, 2020

Change the branch name locally

There is 2 scenarios here:

Scenario 1: If you are on the branch

If you are on the branch which you want to change the name then you can use this

git branch -m new-name-of-branch

command.

Scenario 2: If you are on another branch

If you are on another branch but want to change the name of a specific branch then you can use this

git branch -m old-name-of-branch new-name-of-branch

command.

Change the branch name remotely

After changing the name of the branch locally in git, now you may want to get the same name reflected remotely like in GitHub, Gitlab, Bitbucket, etc, Git hosting services.

To do that first, you need to delete the old branch in remote, you can do this with this command,

🚀 NOTE: BEFORE DELETING ANY REMOTE BRANCHES ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE LATEST CODE CONTENT LOCALLY.

git push origin --delete old-name-of-branch

Then you need to push the newly renamed local branch to remote, to do that you can use this,

git push origin new-name-of-branch

And lastly, you need to reset the upstream branch for the new local branch. You can achieve this using this,

git push origin -u new-name-of-branch

This is done to keep the sync between the remote and local branches.

This is what I do personally to rename the branches in my projects ✅.

That's all! 🌟

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