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How to create Git Alias

Anjana Shankar

Overview

If you use Git frequently, using aliases will save you several keystrokes every time, every day. Setting up a git alias takes a few minutes.

Syntax

$ git config --global alias.<alias> <command>

Alias commands

Below are some of the aliases that we frequently use with git.

git config --global alias.co checkout
git config --global alias.br branch
git config --global alias.ci commit
git config --global alias.st status
git config --global alias.a add
git config --global alias.unstage "reset HEAD --"
git config --global alias.last "log -1 HEAD"
Aliases

Run commands using terminal

We can run the above commands in the terminal below to see the effect. We have cloned a dummy repository in the terminal. We can use it to test the aliases.

Terminal 1
Terminal

Note: The alias commands can be run from anywhere on our system, provided we have Git installed. Plus, we don’t need to be in a Git folder to use it.

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