85.8 Git Branch Rename
20210416 With the change of the default naming of the
core branch of a repository to
main (by GitHub from 1 October 2020)
users can rename their default branch from master to main.
GitHub in the browser directly supports a name change. Browse to the branches page and click the edit icon. This will allow the name to be changed. Then for the local clone of the repository:
git branch -m master main git fetch git branch -u origin/main main git remote set-head origin -a
Otherwise, the general command line recipe is primarily done on a
local clone. The first step is to move (
master branch to the main branch. Then push the new main
branch to the repository setting it as the default for our
--set-upstream). Finally point HEAD to the
$ git branch -m master main $ git push -u origin main $ git symbolic-ref refs/remotes/origin/HEAD refs/remotes/origin/main
Then, connect to GitHub, BitBucket, or GitLab and under Settings/Branches or Advanced select main as the default branch.
Next, back to the command line to delete the master branch:
$ git push origin --delete master
Others who may have the master branch checked out will need to do the following:
$ git checkout master $ git branch -m master main $ git fetch $ git branch --unset-upstream $ git branch -u origin/main $ git symbolic-ref refs/remotes/origin/HEAD refs/remotes/origin/main
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