Tech Basics

Git Tricks

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Arun Kumar Singh
2 min readSep 18, 2022


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This post talks about few tips and tricks using Git in daily usage. Nothing new or fancy in this post, just a standard stuff which I found helpful in my day to day work. I made an assumption for this post that you are already have familiarity using Git. Some of content, I have taken from Internet search.

Git Pull and Fetch

When you clone someone’s repo to start work, you are making a copy of it. After that you may have to get the changes sometimes, which have been applied to the original source. The Pull and Fetch are your tools.

git fetch is the command that tells your local git to retrieve the latest meta-data info from the origin. So it updates your remote-tracking branches under refs/remotes/<remote>/. This operation is safe to run at any time as it never changes any of your local branches under refs/heads.

git pull is the command that tells your local git branch to retrieve the latest changes from the remote repository, while also updating your other remote-tracking branches.

In other tech words 😵

git fetch fetches updates but does not merge them.

git pull does a git fetch under the hood and then a merge.

Some people prefer to use a trick before pushing changes to remote.

git pull --rebase

It will automatically sync latest server changes (git fetch + git merge) and will place your commit at the top in git log. No need to worry about manual pull/merge.

Deleting Branches Local & Remote

If you want to delete a branch in local, use following -

git branch -d <branch_name>
git branch -D <branch_name>. # Force-delete un-merged branches

If you want to delete a remote branch -

# to delete only local remote-tracking branchgit push <remote_name> --delete <branch_name>
# <remote_name> is origin most of the time
# To delete that actual remote branchgit branch --delete --remotes <remote>/<branch>