Git Basics: Renaming a Local and Remote Branch

Git is a must for most of the developers and especially web developers.
But at times we make silly mistakes cause we are human. And when you incorrectly named a branch and moved it to the remote server/repository. Then follow the below-mentioned steps before any other developer/team
member gets a chance to hop onto you and show you crap for not adapting to naming conventions correctly –

1. Rename your local branch.

If you are on the branch you want to rename:


git branch -m <new-name>

If you are on a different branch:


git branch -m <old-name> <new-name>

2. Delete the <old-name> remote branch and push the <new-name> local branch.


git push origin :<old-name> <new-name>

3. Reset the upstream branch for the <new-name> local branch.

If you are still on a different branch then switch to the new branch and then:


git push origin -u <new-name>

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