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git checkout

Checkout a branch or paths to the working tree. More information: https://git-scm.com/docs/git-checkout.

  • Create and switch to a new branch:

git checkout -b {{branch_name}}

  • Create and switch to a new branch based on a specific reference (branch, remote/branch, tag are examples of valid references):

git checkout -b {{branch_name}} {{reference}}

  • Switch to an existing local branch:

git checkout {{branch_name}}

  • Switch to the previously checked out branch:

git checkout -

  • Switch to an existing remote branch:

git checkout --track {{remote_name}}/{{branch_name}}

  • Discard all unstaged changes in the current directory (see git reset for more undo-like commands):

git checkout .

  • Discard unstaged changes to a given file:

git checkout {{filename}}

  • Replace a file in the current directory with the version of it committed in a given branch:

git checkout {{branch_name}} -- {{filename}}