Git Definitions

Glossary of Key Terms

Git Branch

A branch is a pointer to a specific commit. The branch pointer moves along with each new commit you make and only diverges in the graph if a commit is made on a common ancestor commit. Learn More

Git Checkout

In Git, the checkout command tells Git which branch or commit you want your changes applied.

Checking out a branch will update your repo’s files to match the snapshot of whichever commit the branch points to. Learn More

Git Cherry Pick

The cherry pick command takes changes from a target commit and places them onto the HEAD of your currently checked-out branch. Learn More

Git Commit

A commit represents a snapshot of your repository at a specific point in time. A commit is performed in Git as a method of applying local file changes to a Git repository after they have been staged in your working directory. Learn More

Git Rebase

The Git rebase command takes a commit, or group of commits, from a source branch and applies them on top of a target branch. Learn More

Git Stash

The Git stash command will take the state of your current working directory and save it on a stack of unfinished changes that can be reapplied at any time. This will revert back to the HEAD commit with a clean working directory. Only tracked files can be stashed. Learn More

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