My Git Aliases

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Alright, so @philnash roped me into this one.

This post’s birth comes from a gist which is essentially a copy paste of my git aliases.

I’m going to provide my list of git aliases and explain what each alias does, plain and simple. Let’s get started! 🏁 For those new to git aliases, please see the defacto docs on aliases. In a nutshell though, to create your own aliases, use the following git command.


git config --global alias.somealias some-git-command

Before we get started, why git aliases? Well for one thing, I don’t know about you, but some git commands are hard to remember and also, we’re programmers, which means we’re lazy by default to be efficient. 🐢 —> 🐇

  • a = add . — Running git add will add all files that have changed as staged.
  • b = branch — Lists all branches for your repository on your local machine.
  • bi = bisect — Running git bi will run git’s bisect to help you figure out which commit has a bug.
  • ci = commit -m — This will commit a file with the message you specify, e.g. git ci "awesome commit!".
  • co = checkout — This will checkout the branch you specify, e.g. git co my-awesome-branch
  • colast = checkout - — Running git colast will checkout the previous branch you were working in.
  • db = branch -D — This will delete the branch you specify, e.g. git db my-not-so-awesome-branch. Note that this will only work if the branch you’re deleting is not the one you’re currently working in.
  • laf = fsck --lost-found — Running git laf will bring you to git’s lost and found. I’ll admit that I rarely use this, so perhaps it doesn’t warrant an alias and just some professional Googling.
  • last = log -1 HEAD — Running git last will show you what your last commit was.
  • lc = diff HEAD^ HEAD - Compares the head of your branch to the previous commit.
  • pf = push --force-with-lease — Running git pf forces a push, but it is a little less destructive than forcing a push. See here for more info on —force-with-lease vs. —force.
  • psu = push --set-upstream — Run this when you want to push a branch for the first time to the remote (typically origin), e.g. git psu origin my-awesome-branch.
  • pr = pull --rebase — This will rebase your current branch with the branch specified, e.g. git pr develop.
  • ra = rebase --abort — Running git ra will abort a rebase. Run this when you’re like, my rebase is currently messed up. Get me outta here!
  • rc = rebase --continue — Running git rc will continue a rebase. You typically run this when you’ve handled any conflicts in a rebase.
  • remotes = remote -v — Running git remotes shows all the remotes currently configured for a repository.
  • renb = branch -m — When you want to rename a branch, run e.g. git renb my-awesom-branch my-awesome-branch.
  • rhh = reset --hard HEAD — The nuclear option. Run git rhh to wipe out all your changes and start from the HEAD.
  • rh = reset --hard — When you specify what to reset to, a hard reset is performed, e.g. git rh HEAD~2.
  • sfc = diff-tree --no-commit-id --name-only -r — Shows files (relative file paths) for a specific commit, e.g.

git sfc HEAD
src/posts/any-contribution-to-open-source-is-valuable-57d3.md
src/posts/april-16th-2021-what-did-you-learn-this-week-3e72.md
src/posts/are-there-plans-for-reviewers-of-articles-we-post--42nf.md
  • s = status -s — Running git s will give you a more terse status. Instead of this

On branch post/my-git-aliases
Your branch is up to date with 'origin/post/my-git-aliases'.

Changes not staged for commit:
(use "git add <file>..." to update what will be committed)
(use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory)

modified: src/pages/articles/2018-08-24-my-git-aliases/index.md

no changes added to commit (use "git add" and/or "git commit -a")

You get this


M src/pages/articles/2018-08-24-my-git-aliases/index.md
  • stashes = stash list — Running git stashes shows you all the stashes you have from stashing. e.g.

stash@{0}: WIP on upgrade: bff6257 Destructuring OCD...
stash@{1}: WIP on upgrade: 3d73199 Fixed LiceCap link.
stash@{2}: WIP on upgrade: c2f78g6 Update default title.
  • unstash = stash pop — Running git unstash pops a stash off the list of saved stashes.
  • vc = clean -dfx — Running git vc cleans your git repository, so anything not in git is wiped, e.g. node_modules, settings files which aren’t supposed to be in a repo etc. So BEWARE before you run this.
  • mend = commit --amend — Running git mend lets you amend a commit.
  • trigger = commit --allow-empty -m "Trigger Build" — Creates an empty commit. This is handy when you need to restart a build remotely in your CI/CD pipeline without committing changes.
  • alias = ! git config --get-regexp ^alias\. | sed -e s/^alias\.// -e s/\ /\ =\ / — Running git aliases will show all the aliases you have configured globally in git.

Although it's not Git aliases, I also highly recommend using the GitHub CLI.

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