Posted By: Anonymous
I follow a development process where I create a new local branch for every new feature or story card. When finished I merge the branch into master and then push.
What tends to happen over time due to a combination of laziness or forgetfulness, is that I end up with a large list of local branches, some of which (such as spikes) may not have been merged.
I know how to list all my local branches and I know how to remove a single branch but I was wondering if there was a git command that allows me to delete all my local branches?
Below is the output of the
git branch --merged command.
[email protected]:~/projects/application[master]$ git branch --merged STORY-123-Short-Description STORY-456-Another-Description STORY-789-Blah-Blah * master
All attempts to delete branches listed with
grep -v * (as per the answers below) result in errors:
error: branch 'STORY-123-Short-Description' not found. error: branch 'STORY-456-Another-Description' not found. error: branch 'STORY-789-Blah-Blah' not found.
GNU bash, version 4.1.5(1)-release
GNU grep 2.5.4
The ‘git branch -d’ subcommand can delete more than one branch. So, simplifying @sblom’s answer but adding a critical xargs:
git branch -D `git branch --merged | grep -v * | xargs`
or, further simplified to:
git branch --merged | grep -v * | xargs git branch -D
Importantly, as noted by @AndrewC, using
git branch for scripting is discouraged. To avoid it use something like:
git for-each-ref --format '%(refname:short)' refs/heads | grep -v master | xargs git branch -D
Caution warranted on deletes!
$ mkdir br $ cd br; git init Initialized empty Git repository in /Users/ebg/test/br/.git/ $ touch README; git add README; git commit -m 'First commit' [master (root-commit) 1d738b5] First commit 0 files changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-) create mode 100644 README $ git branch Story-123-a $ git branch Story-123-b $ git branch Story-123-c $ git branch --merged Story-123-a Story-123-b Story-123-c * master $ git branch --merged | grep -v * | xargs Story-123-a Story-123-b Story-123-c $ git branch --merged | grep -v * | xargs git branch -D Deleted branch Story-123-a (was 1d738b5). Deleted branch Story-123-b (was 1d738b5). Deleted branch Story-123-c (was 1d738b5).