We can rename the current local branch using the
-m option with the git branch command:
# If you are in the same branch git branch -m "new_name"
To rename a local branch that is not the currently checked-out branch, we can use:
# If you are in the different branch git checkout -m "old_name" "new_name"
To rename a remote branch we need to:
# delete the old branch: git push origin --delete "old_name" # - [deleted] old_name # push the renamed branch git push -u origin "new_name"
If your teammates are working on the renamed branch, then they need to do the following operations:
# Switch to the "renamed" branch: git checkout "old_name" # Rename it: git branch -m "new_name" # Fetch latest changes git fetch # Remove the existing tracking connection with "origin/old_name": git branch --unset-upstream # Create a new tracking connection with the new "origin/new_name" branch: git branch -u origin/new_name
In the commands above, we have moved to the renamed branch, renamed it, and changed the upstream.
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