Awesome git commands

Of course you use git. Lets use it in awesome ways

Posted by @krazedkrish on March 21, 2016

To understand these you must have a good understanding of git.

Some use-cases

First here are some situations that you usually face in software development:

  • You have made a lot of changes. You had to solve 1 issue, instead you solved 3. Now you want to commit all of those separately instead of a single one. What do you do? Create backups? Well, thats bad.

  • You have again made a lot of changes. Now you decide to remove some of those, like console.log, debugger, binding.pry, embed(), etc. How can it be done efficiently ? B`y adding git gutter mode to your editor and searching for the edits you made recently.

  • You perfectly understand what merge and rebase do. Imagine, you got stuck in a worse bug. While solving it, you created another branch and made a lot of comments. Now, you wanna add only some of the commits from that branch. For example there were lots of debugging, commenting, logging, verbose, etc involved and you committed solutions separately. Now you wanna add only those solutions from that temporary branch to develop branch. Would you merge or rebase.

  • You made some commits and now you with you could go back.

  • You want to change something in the history, a statement, author name, file name, delete/add/modify files/lines. and so on.


  1. git add -p

    Add the changes selectively using the patch mode.

    $ git add -p
  2. git checkout -p

    Checkout lines of file/files selectively using patch mode.

    $ git checkout -p
  3. git cherry-pick <commit>

    Given one or more existing commits, apply the change each one introduces, recording a new commit for each. This requires your working tree to be clean (no modifications from the HEAD commit).

    $ git cherry-pick <commit>

    You would also want to use –no-commit a lot with it.

    This would cherry-pick but would not commit. Otherwise, git cherry-pick would commit automatically commit.

    $ git cherry-pick -n <commit>

    You can also cherry-pick a range of commits. The following command would cherry-pick a range from the <newercommit> to, but excluding <oldercommit>

    $ git cherry-pick <oldercommit>..<newercommit>

    If you want to include the <oldercommit> as well in the range, then run the following one.

    $ git cherry-pick <oldercommit>^..<newercommit>
  4. git revert <commmit>

    Given one or more existing commits, revert the changes that the related patches introduce, and record some new commits that record them. This requires your working tree to be clean (no modifications from the HEAD commit).

    $ git revert <commmit>

    For –no-commit and range, its same as above.

    $ git revert -n <commmit>                   # revert but no commit
    $ git revert <oldercommit>..<newercommit>   # revert a range excluding the <oldercommit>
    $ git revert <oldercommit>^..<newercommit>  # revert a range including the <oldercommit>
  5. git rebase -i <commit>

    Don't be afraid to rebase

    $ git rebase -i <commmit>

    You can do a lot of things. The following actions are avaliable for you.

    • p, pick = use commit
    • r, reword = use commit, but edit the commit message
    • e, edit = use commit, but stop for amending
    • s, squash = use commit, but meld into previous commit
    • f, fixup = like “squash”, but discard this commit's log message
    • x, exec = run command (the rest of the line) using shell

Tip: Instead of these commands you can you magit, that has all. I am sure you would like it.

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