Everyday git commands

The vast majority of the projects I work with use Git as their source control. I predominantly use a Git UI tool for most of my daily Git interactions, however there's times when I need to jump to the command line to have that extra control.

My Git client of choice is still Team Explorer built into Visual Studio. I realise there are more feature rich clients available but I like the simplicity of the Visual Studio integration and enjoy that it doesn't get in my way. Fetching, Pulling, Branching, Merging are all easily achieved without needing to leave VS. For the times I need more control I jump down to the command line.

Top tip: Install Mads Kristensen's Visual Studio extension Open Command Line to open the command line at the relevant path with the shortcut Alt+Space

Here are the basic commands I use almost daily.

Status of working changes

git status

Add files to a commit

git add .
git add [filename]

Commit changes

git commit -m "This is my commit message"

Undo last local commit

git reset --soft HEAD~1

Stash working changes

git stash
git stash apply
git stash drop

Switch branch

git checkout [branch name]

Remove local references to old branches

git remote prune origin

Remove cached files after a gitignore update

git rm -r --cached .
git add .
git commit -m "Removed cached files after updating gitignore"

Everyday git commands
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