Tag Archives: Git

Git: basic tag commands

To get the repository’s tags issue:

$ git fetch --tags [branch_name]

To add a tag to the top commit:

$ git tag -a

Note: this will open an editor screen where you can insert a description message (similar to a commit)

To add a tag to a specific commit:

$ git tag -a [tag_name] [commit_hash]

To push a tag to remote:

$ git push [repo_name] --tags  # for all tags
$ git push [repo_name] [tag_name] # for a single tag named 'tag_name'

To merge a tagged commit:

$ git merge [tag_name]

See also: how to see the information of the repo’s branches from the CLI, including your tags in this post



Git: add a remote repository

In case you need to work with more than one remote repositories, chances are you need to add one of them (origin comes as a default).

$ git remote add remote_name https://github.com/user/repo.git 

Choose the remote_name as you wish and grab the repo URL from github.

You may also be interested in Selecting remote repository on git or maybe if you need to rename your remote, you might want to read how to rename a remote repository

For a little more information, visit: https://help.github.com/articles/adding-a-remote/


Change the author of a git commit

Issue this command to change the author of the very last commit message:

$ git commit --amend --author="John Doe <john@doe.org>"

To change the author of your config file:

$ git config --global user.name "John Doe"
$ git config --global user.email "john@doe.org"

For more commands, visit https://www.git-tower.com/learn/git/faq/change-author-name-email

For more git quick commands, go to https://quicktechrefs.wordpress.com/?s=git


Create patches with git format-patch

Git has a wonderful tool that allows you to create patches of the commits in the tree of your project: git format-patch.


 $ git format-patch [<options>] [<since> | <revision-range>]

More information can be seen via man page:

$ git format-patch -h


$ man git format-patch

For example:

$ git format-patch -N

This command generates one .patch file for each of the N commits on the top of your tree. Example:

$ git format-patch -1

Generates a .patch file for the commit on the top of your tree. Increase the number to get one file per commit (for the top 3 commits, use ‘-3’).

To apply the patch, use

$ git am [your-patch].patch


Git remove remote branch from repo via CLI

Quick shot: To remove a remote branch on your git repo:

git push [remote-name] --delete [branch-name]


dkreling@dkreling:~/RobotFramework|devel ✔ ⟫ git branch -r

dkreling@dkreling:~/RobotFramework|devel ✔ ⟫ git push origin --delete test
remote: Updating references: 100% (1/1)
To ssh://dkreling@:/RobotFramework.git
 - [deleted] test


Git: selecting remote repository on git

I recently started to work with two remote repositories on git, and then faced a probably common scenario: check the state of each repository (say ‘origin‘ and ‘vertiv‘).

A 20 minute search provided me the best solution:

$ git branch -u [remote-repo]/[branch]

For example:


In this case, origin/master is ahead of vertiv/master by 2 commits, and my local is sync’ed with vertiv/master.

The docs read:

-u <upstream>, –set-upstream-to=<upstream>
Set up <branchname>’s tracking information so <upstream> is considered <branchname>’s upstream branch. If no <branchname> is
specified, then it defaults to the current branch.


Reference: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/23455842/how-can-i-make-git-status-check-two-different-remotes