gitswitch [<options>] [ --no -guess] <branch> gitswitch [<options>] --detach [<start -point>] gitswitch [<options>] ( -c| -C) <new -branch> [<start -point>] gitswitch [<options>] --orphan <new -branch>
<branch> Branch to switch to .
<new -branch> Name for the new branch .
<start -point> The starting point for the new branch . Specifying a <start-point> allows you to create a branch based on some other point in history than where HEAD currently points . (Or, in the case of --detach ,allows you to inspect and detach from some other point .)
-c <new -branch>, --create <new -branch> Create a new branch named <new-branch> starting at <start-point> before switching to the branch . This is a convenient shortcut for: .RS 4
$ git branch <new -branch> $ git switch <new -branch> .RE
-C <new -branch>, --force -create <new -branch> Similar to --create except that if <new-branch> already exists, it will be reset to <start-point> . This is a convenient shortcut for: .RS 4
$ git branch -f <new -branch> $ git switch <new -branch> .RE
-d, --detach Switch to a commit for inspection and discardable experiments . See the "DETACHED HEAD" section in git-checkout (1) for details .
--guess, --no -guess If <branch> is not found but there does exist a tracking branch in exactly one remote (call it <remote> )with a matching name, treat as equivalent to .RS 4
$ git switch -c <branch> --track <remote>/<branch> .RE If the branch exists in multiple remotes and one of them is named by the checkout.defaultRemote configuration variable, we use that one for the purposes of disambiguation, even if the <branch> isn unique across all remotes . Set it to e .g . checkout.defaultRemote=origin to always checkout remote branches from there if <branch> is ambiguous but exists on the origin remote . See also checkout.defaultRemote in git-config (1). --guess is the default behavior . Use --no -guess to disable it .
-f, --force An alias for --discard -changes .
--discard -changes Proceed even if the index or the working tree differs from HEAD . Both the index and working tree are restored to match the switching target . If --recurse -submodules is specified, submodule content is also restored to match the switching target . This is used to throw away local changes .
-m, --merge If you have local modifications to one or more files that are different between the current branch and the branch to which you are switching, the command refuses to switch branches in order to preserve your modifications in context . However, with this option, a three -way merge between the current branch, your working tree contents, and the new branch is done, and you will be on the new branch . When a merge conflict happens, the index entries for conflicting paths are left unmerged, and you need to resolve the conflicts and mark the resolved paths with gitadd (or gitrm if the merge should result in deletion of the path) .
--conflict=<style> The same as --merge option above, but changes the way the conflicting hunks are presented, overriding the merge.conflictStyle configuration variable . Possible values are "merge" (default) and "diff3" (in addition to what is shown by "merge" style, shows the original contents) .
-q, --quiet Quiet, suppress feedback messages .
--progress, --no -progress Progress status is reported on the standard error stream by default when it is attached to a terminal, unless --quiet is specified . This flag enables progress reporting even if not attached to a terminal, regardless of --quiet .
-t, --track When creating a new branch, set up "upstream" configuration . -c is implied . See --track in git-branch (1) for details . If no -c option is given, the name of the new branch will be derived from the remote -tracking branch, by looking at the local part of the refspec configured for the corresponding remote, and then stripping the initial part up to the "*" . This would tell us to use hack as the local branch when branching off of origin/hack (or remotes/origin/hack ,or even refs/remotes/origin/hack ). If the given name has no slash, or the above guessing results in an empty name, the guessing is aborted . You can explicitly give a name with -c in such a case .
--no -track Do not set up "upstream" configuration, even if the branch.autoSetupMerge configuration variable is true .
--orphan <new -branch> Create a new orphan branch, named <new-branch> . All tracked files are removed .
--ignore -other -worktrees gitswitch refuses when the wanted ref is already checked out by another worktree . This option makes it check the ref out anyway . In other words, the ref can be held by more than one worktree .
--recurse -submodules, --no -recurse -submodules Using --recurse -submodules will update the content of all initialized submodules according to the commit recorded in the superproject . If nothing (or --no -recurse -submodules )is used, the work trees of submodules will not be updated . Just like git-submodule (1),this will detach HEAD of the submodules .
$ git switch master .RE After working in the wrong branch, switching to the correct branch would be done using: .RS 4
$ git switch mytopic .RE However, your "wrong" branch and correct "mytopic" branch may differ in files that you have modified locally, in which case the above switch would fail like this: .RS 4
$ git switch mytopic error: You have local changes to (Aqfrotz (Aq; not switching branches . .RE You can give the -m flag to the command, which would try a three -way merge: .RS 4
$ git switch -m mytopic Auto -merging frotz .RE After this three -way merge, the local modifications are not registered in your index file, so gitdiff would show you what changes you made since the tip of the new branch . To switch back to the previous branch before we switched to mytopic (i .e . "master" branch): .RS 4
$ git switch - .RE You can grow a new branch from any commit . For example, switch to "HEAD~3" and create branch "fixup": .RS 4
$ git switch -c fixup HEAD~3 Switched to a new branch (Aqfixup (Aq .RE If you want to start a new branch from a remote branch of the same name: .RS 4
$ git switch new -topic Branch (Aqnew -topic (Aq set up to track remote branch (Aqnew -topic (Aq from (Aqorigin (Aq Switched to a new branch (Aqnew -topic (Aq .RE To check out commit HEAD~3 for temporary inspection or experiment without creating a new branch: .RS 4
$ git switch --detach HEAD~3 HEAD is now at 9fc9555312 Merge branch (Aqcc/shared -index -permbits (Aq .RE If it turns out whatever you have done is worth keeping, you can always create a new name for it (without switching away): .RS 4
$ git switch -c good -surprises .RE