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This is not a complete Git cheat sheet for everyone, this is just a personal cheat sheet for some often forgotten git commands.


User level alias

Edit ~/.gitconfig

git config --global alias.st status
git config --global alias.lga log --graph --decorate --oneline --all
git config --global alias.co checkout
git config --global alias.last log -1 HEAD
git config --global alias.ci commit
git config --global alias.unstage reset HEAD
git config --global alias.ll "log --graph --all --pretty=format:'%C(auto)%h%Creset %an: git config --global %s - %Creset %C(auto)%d%Creset %C(bold black)(%cr)%Creset %C(bold git config --global black)(%ci)%Creset' --no-abbrev-commit"
git config --global alias.sh show
git config --global alias.df diff
git config --global alias.br branch
git config --global alias.cm checkout main
git config --global alias.cd checkout dev
git config --global alias.rum pull --rebase upstream main
git config --global alias.rud pull --rebase upstream dev
git config --global alias.rom pull --rebase origin main
git config --global alias.rod pull --rebase origin dev


alias gitpush='git ci -am $GIT_BRANCH ; git push origin $GIT_BRANCH'
alias gitamendpush='git add . ; git amend ; git push origin $GIT_BRANCH -f'
alias gitrebasemain='git cm ; git rom ; git fetch origin --prune ; git br -d $GIT_BRANCH'
alias gitrebasedev='git cd ; git rod ; git fetch origin --prune ; git br -d $GIT_BRANCH'


Restore a file to an old version

git restore --source [old_commit_hash] [file_name]

Restore a deleted branch

git reflog
git branch [branch_name] [commit_hash_that_preceded_the_delete_commit]


Discard changes in working directory

# discard changes to a file in working directory
git checkout <filename or wildcard>

# discard changes to all files in working directory
git checkout .
# or
git checkout *

Untracked files cannot be discarded by checkout.

Discard last commit (completely remove)

# better to show git log history before using --hard for rollback purpose.
git reset --hard HEAD~

We can recover the commit discarded by --hard with the git cherry-pick [commit number] if we displayed or saved it before. Whatever you can also use git reflog to get the commit number too.

Unstage from staging area

StackOverflow: How do I undo git add before commit?

# unstage a file from staging area
git reset <filename or wildcard>

# unstage all files from staging area
git reset

No more need to add HEAD like git reset HEAD <file> and git reset HEAD since git v1.8.2.

Do not use git rm --cached <filename> to unstage, it works only for newly created file to remove them from the staging area. But if you specify a existing file, it will delete it from cache, even if it is not staged.

Undo commit to working directory

StackOverflow: How do I undo the most recent local commits in Git?

You should readd the files if you want to commit them, as they’re in the working directory now, they’re unstaged too.

# Undo last commit to working directory
git reset HEAD~
# same as to
git reset HEAD~1

# Undo last 2 commits to working directory
git reset HEAD~2

# Undo till a special commit to working directory,
# the special commit and every commits before are still committed.
git reset <commit number>

git reset HEAD will do nothing, as the HEAD is already at the last commit.

git reset HEAD~1 <file> will create a delete file index in staging area. Normally we don’t need this command.

Undo commit to staging area

StackOverflow: How do I undo the most recent local commits in Git?

Add --soft to git reset to undo commit to staging area.

Undo staging to working directory

# used after a git add
git restore --staged <file>
git reset


With bearer token

# https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/integrate/get-started/authentication/service-principal-managed-identity?view=azure-devops#q-can-i-use-a-service-principal-to-do-git-operations-like-clone-a-repo
git -c http.extraheader="AUTHORIZATION: bearer $ServicePrincipalAadAccessToken" clone https://dev.azure.com/{yourOrgName}/{yourProjectName}/_git/{yourRepoName}


Force local branch to the same with remote branch

git reset --hard upstream/master
git checkout -B master origin/master # sometimes this one might not work

get last commit of another local branch

git cherry-pick another_local_branch

get all commits of another local other_branch

get rebase another_local_branch

Show diff

show content in staging area

git diff --cached

show content in the last commit local repository

git show
git show HEAD

show content in the second last commit in local repository

git show HEAD~
git show HEAD~1

Disable host key checking

Sometimes during CICD, we need to use git to do something, if the remote repository is accessed by SSH, the first time when you use git (git clone for example), you need to accept the remote host key. This might be a problem for CICD as it cannot type Y for you as you do in an interactive session. To let git to disable the host key checking or precisely accept automatically the remote host key, you need to add the following line in git config:

> git config --global core.sshcommand 'ssh -i [YouPrivateKeyPath] -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -F /dev/null'

You may need to use git config --system to set the config at system level.


Usually, in an enterprise environment, we need to use a proxy to connect to the Internet resources. And from Powershell, we can ask Powershell to inherit the IE proxy settings.

With this proxy setting in Powershell, we should be able to use git clone to connect to the external www.github.com or to the internally hosted for example github.your_enterprise_local_domain.

But trust me, some enterprises’ proxy settings (often for those who use a .pac file) are so complicated that Powershell cannot use the proxy the same way as IE.

In such case, fortunately, git has its own proxy setting. I think the official doc doesn’t explain very well how to set the proxy. But this gist gives some good examples.

So, normally, you just need to set this config to ask git to use the $internet_proxy only for the url github.com, and all the other urls, git won’t use the proxy.

git config --global http.https://github.com.proxy $internet_proxy


GitForWindows ships with a GUI tool, very cool.

# start git gui tool
git gui


Pull Requests with Rebase

Azure devops doc: https://devblogs.microsoft.com/devops/pull-requests-with-rebase/

Moving Git repository content to another repository preserving history

# https://stackoverflow.com/a/55907198/5095636
# this keeps all commits history and git tags
$ git clone --bare https://github.com/exampleuser/old-repository.git
$ cd old-repository.git
$ git push --mirror https://github.com/exampleuser/new-repository.git
$ cd -
$ rm -rf old-repository.git



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