List all local branches

git branch

Commit (permanently record) staged changes

git commit -m "message"

Upload new branch to origin remote

git push -u origin <new_branch>

List files to be committed

git status


Git submodule update

git submodule update --init --recursive


Show unstaged changes

git diff

Show changes using file diff tool

git difftool

Show staged changes

git diff --staged

Commit management

Create a ‘fixup!’ comit for older commit (to be autosquashed)

git commit --fixup <sha1>

Create a ‘squash!’ commit for older commit (to be autosquashed)

git commit --squash <sha1>


Merge other branch into current one

git merge <other_branch>


Perform interactive rebase

git rebase -i <other_branch>

Perform interactive rebase with autosquash

git rebase -i --autosquash <other_branch>


Rename a branch

git branch -m <old_name> <new_name>

Delete a branch

git branch -d <old_name>

Create new branch while staying on current one

git branch <new_branch_name>

Print name of current branch

git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD

Create new branch and switch to it

git checkout -b <new_branch_name>


Apply an existing commit to current branch (cherry-pick)

git cherry-pick <sha1>


Delete a file and stage deletion

git rm <file_name>

Stage file deletion from repo, but keep it locally

git rm --cached <file_name>


Stage file moving or renaming

git mv <old_filepath <new_filepath>


Stash (temporarily put away) uncommitted changeset

git stash

Restore most recent stashed changeset

git stash pop

List all stashed changesets

git stash list

Delete last stashed changeset

git stash drop

Edit last commit with new staged changes

git commit --amend


Undo (discard) last commit

git reset HEAD~

Undo (discard) last 3 commits

git reset HEAD~3


Revert previous commit by creating opposite commit

git revert <sha1>


Create new tag

git tag -a <tag_name>

List tags

git tag


Show history for current branch

git log

Show history, one line per commit

git log --oneline

Show history, with merged branch graph

git log --graph

Show history for specific file

git log --follow <file_path>

Show specific commit (contents and metadata)

git show <sha1>

Discarding and Deleting

Discard uncommitted changes

git reset --hard

Delete all untracked files and directories

git clean -fd

Nuke all previous commits

git checkout --orphan newBranch
git add -A # Add all files and commit them
git commit -m "Cleanup"
git branch -D master # Deletes the master branch
git branch -m master # Rename the current branch to master
git push -f origin master # Force push master branch to github
git gc --aggressive --prune=all # remove the old files

Syncing a fork

Taken from here.

git remote add upstream[Original Owner Username]/[Original Repository].git
git fetch upstream
git checkout master
git merge upstream/master
# If your local branch didn't have any unique commits, Git will instead perform a "fast-forward"

Pro Tips

git pull --rebase origin master when pulling/syncing changes from master. It makes for a heaps cleaner log history, and also makes it easier to do rebases for situations like this where you might want to cleanup/remove things like this