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GitHub Cheat Sheet

Useful Git commands

This is just stuff that I have put down that I find I use a lot of the time for my own reference.

Latest changes from repo to your machine

$ git pull

Add tracking information to your work

Assuming that you are working on the master branch then

$ git branch --set-upstream-to=origin/master

You can set it to whatever branch you want to track changes for

$ git branch --set-upstream-to=origin/<branch>

This will mean you can just do git pull and the latest changes will be pulled to your origin

What branch?

$ git branch shows what branch you're on

$ git branch -r shows remote branches

$ git branch -a shows all branches

Create a PR [Pull Request]

Fork other users repo in GitHub, then clone to your machine.

$ git clone

Add the remote repo

$ git remote add upstream

Create your branch

$ git branch your-awesome-branch

Check it out

$ git checkout your-awesome-branch

If adding a folder use.

$ git add nameOfFolder/\\*

Make your commit and push to your new branch.

$ git add .
$ git commit -m 'initial commit'
$ git push origin your-awesome-branch

Manage the rest of the PR via GitHub

Check remotes

git remote -v

Sync a remote fork on your machine

First configure the local to point to the remote upstream

$ git remote -v
$ git remote add upstream
$ git remote -v
$ git fetch upstream
$ git checkout master
$ git merge upstream/master

You then use git merge to update any branch on the upstream repository:

$ git merge upstream/dev

Sync a remote fork on Github

  1. Open your fork on GitHub.
  2. Click on Pull Requests.
  3. Click on New Pull Request. By default, GitHub will compare the original with your fork, and there shouldn’t be anything to compare if you didn’t make any changes.
  4. Click on Try switching the base. Now GitHub will compare your fork with the original, and you should see all the latest changes.
  5. Click on Click to create a pull request for this comparison and assign a predictable name to your pull request (e.g., Update from original).
  6. Click on Send pull request.
  7. Scroll down and click Merge pull request and finally Confirm merge. If your fork didn’t have any changes, you will be able to merge it automatically.


Using two factor authentication? Then use the following so you're not adding in your auth token each time you want to push your code.

git remote set-url origin

Change origin url

If you want to change the origin url you can use the set-url command

git remote set-url origin

Via terminal navigate to your code folder.

$ git init

Add your files.

$ git add .

Adding a folder use the following syntax or it'll get added as a BLOB.

$ git add nameOfFolder/\\*

Commit to local repo.

git commit -m 'some detailed message'

To add your files to the remote repo, first add your remote repo

$ git remote add origin [remote repository URL]
# Sets the new remote
$ git remote -v
# Verifies the new remote URL
$ git push origin master

Delete local branch

$ git branch -D use-dotenv

Merge two repos

If you want to merge project-a into project-b:

cd path/to/project-b
git remote add project-a path/to/project-a
git fetch project-a
git merge --allow-unrelated-histories project-a/master # or whichever branch you want to merge
git remote remove project-a

Stop tracking a file

If you have .env files that are tracked by Git and want to ignore them so your API keys don't get added to GitHub use:

$ git update-index --assume-unchanged <file>

Start tracking a previously un-tracked file

$ git update-index --no-assume-unchanged <file>

Cloning a repo from someone else's GitHub and pushing it to a repo on my GitHub

So you make a clone, make some changes then realise that you need to add it to your GitHub account before making a pull

$ git remote -v
origin (fetch)
origin (push)

You just need to set the origin to yours then add the upstream as the original origin make sense?

So change origin to yours:

$ git remote set-url origin

Then add upsrtream as theirs:

$ git remote add upstream

Now it should look something like this:

$ git remote -v
origin (fetch)
origin (push)
upstream (fetch)
upstream (push)

Clone a repo and give it a different name

$ git clone NameYouWantToGiveToRepo

Using Husky?

If you are pushing right after a commit, you can use $ git push --no-verify to avoid running all the tests again.

If you make a trivial change and want to commit $ git commit -m 'some detailed message' --no-verify will skip your precommit and prepush scripts.

How to read last commit comment?

$ git show is the fastest to type, but shows you the diff as well.

$ git log -1 is fast and simple.

$ git log -1 --pretty=%B if you need just the commit message and nothing else.

Remove commit from pull request

Read this for more detail on how to revert.

This was the simplest approach I found:

# Checkout the desired branch
git checkout <branch>

# Undo the desired commit
git revert <commit>

# Update the remote with the undo of the code
git push origin <branch>

Rather than use the last part I unstaged the changes in VSCode which I think did the same thing.

Show .gitconfig details

git config --list --show-origin

If you want to rename a branch while pointed to any branch, do:

git branch -m <oldname> <newname>

If you want to rename the current branch, you can do:

git branch -m <newname>

A way to remember this, is -m is for "move" (or mv), which is how you rename files.

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Very useful guide. The commands to stop tracking changes to files are prime candidates for aliases:

  ignore = update-index --assume-unchanged
  unignore = update-index --no-assume-unchanged
  ignored = "!git ls-files -v | grep ^h | cut -c 3-"

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