Git cheat sheet pdf

Here is another set of notes, this time a git cheat sheet pdf.
Git cheat sheet
This is not a tutorial for the absolute beginner, nor is it an exhaustive collection of every git command known to man.
This is a collection of mostly common, and some not so common but important, commands for running git and working with github.
The formatting on this web page is not as well done as the pdf, so go ahead and download it. No questions asked.

Here’s a link to the github recommended .gitignore file
recommended .gitignore file

Quick start run through

$ mkdir myproject
$ cd myproject
$ git init
$ touch README
$ git add .
$ git commit -m ‘initial commit’
$ git remote add origin
$ git push origin master

Git commands

$ git help
$ git
$ man git-

Ignoring files
$ touch .gitignore

*.log # no log files
*.[oa] # no o or a files
*~ # no tilde files
!lib.a # but do track lib.a
/TODO # only ignore root TODO, not sub /TODO
build/ # ignore all files in build/ directory
doc/*.txt # ignore doc/notes.txt, but include doc/server/arch.txt
# for comments, / for directory, ! creates exceptions
Glob patterns work: simplified regular expressions
* matches zero or more characters
[abc] matches any character in the brackets
? matches a single character
[0-9] matches any character in range

Staging files
Add options

$ git add -A : stages All
$ git add . : stages new and modified, without deleted
$ git add -u : stages modified and deleted, without new
$ git add -i : interactive mode

Seeing what’s going on
Super high level

$ git status -s

Shows which files have been modified and/or staged. Short flag to limit output

High level

$ git status

Main tool to determine file state; plenty of output and hints
Mid level

$ git diff –stat

Summarizes changed but not staged to staged
Line level

$ git diff

Compares changed but not staged to staged line by line
All changes, staged and unstaged

$ git diff HEAD

Compares changed to committed, skip staged
Staged and ready to commit

$ git diff –cached or $ git diff –staged

Compares staged to last commit
Removing files

Keep file, stop tracking
$ git rm –cached readme.txt
Removes from staging area and keeps it, then fix .gitignore

Delete file stop tracking
$ git rm file
Removes file from staging area at next commit and deletes it

$ git rm -f file
For modified files staged already

$ git rm log/\*.log
\ is escape character. Command removes all .log files in log directory

$ git rm \*~
removes all files ending in ~
Moving, renaming files

$ git mv
Move or rename this way to keep staging happy

Committing files

Commit options
$ git commit : Launches editor to write commit message
-v : For verbose, puts the diff in the editor
-m “msg” : Bypasses the editor and includes a message
-a : Skips staging area, adds everything tracked for you

Undoing things

$ git checkout — file
Revert to last committed version. Throw away current modified version

$ git reset –hard HEAD
Undoes last commit, unstage files, and undo changes to working dir. Lose the changes and go back.

$ git reset –soft HEAD~
Last commit will be undone, files touched will be back on the stage (HEAD~ is parent of HEAD). Leaves work in working dir and staging area, rolls back HEAD to previous commit. Rolls back to just before commit.

$ git commit –amend
Commits your current staging area and allows you to edit the commit message


Binary search
$ git bisect start
$ git bisect bad
$ git bisect good tag
Current version has a bug, tag version was working. Many commits in between. Git checks out middle one for you to test.

$ git bisect good or $ git bisect bad
Until version that introduced the bug is found.

$ git bisect reset
Resets HEAD to where you were before you started. Important!

File annotation
$ git blame -L 21, 31, file
Annotates line change history from lines 21 to 31

Finding something
$ git grep “hello”
Search all files git tracks for “hello”

$ git grep “hello” v2.5
Search all files git tracks in v2.5 for “hello”

Stashing work

Save work when interrupted

$ git stash save “msg”
Saves uncommitted work in process

See different stashes
$ git stash list
Lists stashes in a stack

Reapply changes and drop stash
$ git stash pop
Reapplies the stashed changes, previously staged files will not be restaged, and deletes stash

Reapply changes only
$ git stash apply
Reapplies the stashed changes, previously staged files will not be restaged

Drop stash
$ git stash drop stash@{0}
Deletes stash

Dump whole stash
$ git stash clear
Deletes all stash

Viewing history

$ git log
Shows commit history

$ git log –graph –all –oneline
Shows commit tree view history

$ git log -p -2
Shows diff of last two entries

$ git log –stat
shows a list of modified files and +- lines

$ git log –pretty=format:”%h – %an, %ar : %s”
• %h abbreviated commit hash
• %an author name
• %ar author date, relative
• %s subject

$ git log –pretty=format:”%h %s” –graph
Shows a branch and merge history

$ git log –since=2.weeks
Changes in last 2 weeks

$ git log –author=gitster –since=”2008-10-01”
Filters by author specified
–grep option matches keywords in commit messages
–all-match for both –grep and –author

Visual History
$ gitk
Opens a history visualizer window; pip install gitk first

Branching workflow

See available branches
$ git branch
shows various branches available

Create new branch
$ git checkout -b newBranch
Creates & switches to newBranch branch

Switch to master
$ git checkout master
Switches back to master branch

Preview changes
$ git diff
Preview changes pre merge

Merge branch
$ git merge newBranch
Merges newBranch branch

Delete merged branch
$ git branch -d newBranch
Deletes newBranch branch post merge

Merge conflicts
Open file in editor, resolve conflict, delete other code and < <<<, =====, >>>>>>; or
$ git mergetool
Opens the system merge tool

More branch commands
$ git branch newName2
creates another branch, newName2

$ git checkout newName2
switches to newName2 branch

$ git branch –merged
Shows what’s already merged

$ git branch –no-merged
Shows what’s not already merged


$ git log
To get the first 10 characters of the hash commit ID

$ git tag 1.0.0 1b2e1d63ff
Tags with the commit ID

$ git tag
Shows tags in alpha order, i.e., out of order

$ git tag -a v1.4 -m ‘my version 1.4’
Creates annotated tag, which is a full object in Git db

$ git show v1.4
Shows info on a specific tag

$ git describe
Shows how many commits since last tag

$ git push origin –tags
Tags don’t get pushed to remote servers unless you specify

Remote repositories: GitHub

github repositories
Public clone URL: git:// is read-only
Your clone URL:

GitHub workflow
Fork a repo, clone the repo down locally, make changes, commit them, push them back to your public copy, then send the owner a pull request.

Clone a repository
$ git clone username@host:/path/to/repository
$ git clone [url]
$ git clone /path/to/repository
$ git clone git:// mygrit
$ git clone username@host:/path/to/repository
Clone a repository on a remote server. Creates a directory called mygrit, initialilzes a .git directory inside it. Pulls down all the new data for that repository. Checks out a working copy of the latest version.

$ git remote
Shows which remote servers you configured

$ git pull
Automatically fetches and merges a remote branch into your current path.

$ git push origin master
origin = [remote name], master=[branch name] Works only if you cloned from a server to which you have write access and if nobody has pushed in the meantime.

$ git remote -v
origin git://
Show URL of cloned project. This one is pull only

$ git remote add origin git://
Adds a repository with the short name origin. If not clones existing repo & you want to connect your repo to remote server

$ git fetch paul
Fetches all the information that Paul has but you don’t have in your repository. Paul’s master branch is accessible as paul/master. You can merge it into one of your branches or checkout a branch.

$ git fetch origin
fetches any new work pushed to a server since you cloned (or last fetched from) it. Fetch pulls data to your local repository. It does not merge it with your work. You have to merge it manually.

$ git remote show origin
Shows information about a particular remote, URL and tracking branch information

$ git remote rename pb paul
Changes a remote’s short name

$ git remote rm paul
Removes a reference

Delete github repository
Navigate to the repository, on right side select Settings from action bar, click Delete from inside Danger Zone TM. Enter the name again to confirm. Click “I understand the consequences…”


Check git settings
$ git config –list
Local configuration
$ git config –list
Checks your user settings
$ git config –global core.editor subl
Changes one of the user settings, editor to sublime text
Initial configuration
$ git config –global “Your Name ”
$ git config –global
$ git config –global checkout
Sets up $ git co as the checkout command
$ git config –global alias.visual “!gitk”
Sets up $ git visual as the gitk shell command

If you made it this far, just download the git cheat sheet pdf. It is better formatted than this. And if you like it, leave a comment. Hope this helps.

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