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How to delete remote branches in Git

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While working with Git, it is possible that you come across a situation where you want to delete a remote branch. But before jumping into the intricacies of deleting a remote branch, let’s revisit how you would go about deleting a branch in the local repository with Git.

Deleting local branches

  1. First, we print out all the branches (local as well as remote), using the git branch command with -a (all) flag.
  2. To delete the local branch, just run the git branch command again, this time with the -d (delete) flag, followed by the name of the branch you want to delete (test branch in this case).

Note: Comments are the output produced as a result of running these git commands

git branch -a
# *master
# test
# remote/origin/master
# remote/origin/test
git branch -d test
# Deleted branch test (was ########).

Note: You can also use the -D flag which is synonymous with --delete --force instead of -d. This will delete the branch regardless of its merge status.

Deleting remote branches

To delete a remote branch, you can’t use the git branch command. Instead, use the git push command with --delete flag, followed by the name of the branch you want to delete. You also need to specify the remote name (origin in this case) after git push.

git branch -a
# *master
# test
# remote/origin/master
# remote/origin/test
git push origin --delete test
# To <URL of your repository>.git
# - [deleted] test

Delete this branch: remote/devs/JunitTest

git push origin --delete JunitTest
git branch -d JunitTest
git push devs --delete JunitTest


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