git-flow cheatsheet

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efficient branching using git-flow by Vincent Driessen

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git-flow are a set of git extensions to provide high-level repository operations for Vincent Driessen's branching model. more

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This cheatsheet shows the basic usage and effect of git-flow operations

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Basic tips

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$ brew install git-flow-avh
$ port install git-flow-avh


$ apt-get install git-flow

Windows (Cygwin)

$ wget -q -O - --no-check-certificate install stable | bash

You need wget and util-linux to install git-flow.

For detailed git flow installation instructions please visit the git flow wiki.

install git-flow

Getting started

Git flow needs to be initialized in order to customize your project setup.

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Start using git-flow by initializing it inside an existing git repository:

git flow init

You'll have to answer a few questions regarding the naming conventions for your branches.
It's recommended to use the default values.


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Start a new feature

Development of new features starting from the 'develop' branch.

Start developing a new feature with

git flow feature start MYFEATURE

This action creates a new feature branch based on 'develop' and switches to it

Finish up a feature

Finish the development of a feature. This action performs the following

  • Merges MYFEATURE into 'develop'
  • Removes the feature branch
  • Switches back to 'develop' branch
git flow feature finish MYFEATURE

Publish a feature

Are you developing a feature in collaboration?
Publish a feature to the remote server so it can be used by other users.

git flow feature publish MYFEATURE

Getting a published feature

Get a feature published by another user.

git flow feature pull origin MYFEATURE

You can track a feature on origin by using

git flow feature track MYFEATURE

Make a release

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Start a release

To start a release, use the git flow release command. It creates a release branch created from the 'develop' branch.

git flow release start RELEASE [BASE]

You can optionally supply a [BASE] commit sha-1 hash to start the release from. The commit must be on the 'develop' branch.

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It's wise to publish the release branch after creating it to allow release commits by other developers. Do it similar to feature publishing with the command:

git flow release publish RELEASE

(You can track a remote release with the
git flow release track RELEASE command)

Finish up a release

Finishing a release is one of the big steps in git branching. It performs several actions:

  • Merges the release branch back into 'master'
  • Tags the release with its name
  • Back-merges the release into 'develop'
  • Removes the release branch
git flow release finish RELEASE

Don't forget to push your tags with git push origin --tags


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git flow hotfix start

Like the other git flow commands, a hotfix is started with

git flow hotfix start VERSION [BASENAME]

The version argument hereby marks the new hotfix release name. Optionally you can specify a basename to start from.

Finish a hotfix

By finishing a hotfix it gets merged back into develop and master. Additionally the master merge is tagged with the hotfix version.

git flow hotfix finish VERSION


git-flow commands


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