Git Quick Tip - forgot to create a branch

It happens to me at least once a week. I meant to make a topic branch. But I dove into the code too quickly - and suddenly I am a couple of commits into what at the moment seems like an important feature or bugfix, and I realize - I have committed to the master branch. This is a big no no in our company - bypassing code review, and a push on master most often means instant deploy.

But do you remember what to do, when you want the commits into a new branch?

Four easy steps back to safety

  • Just create the new branch.
git checkout -b new-branch-name
  • Ensure that everything is commited

  • Change back to your master branch

git checkout master
  • Now reset the master branch back to the commit id it had before.
git reset FORMER-COMMIT-SHA --hard