Failed Attempts to Delete a Remote Branch:
$ git branch -d remotes/origin/bugfix
error: branch 'remotes/origin/bugfix' not found.
$ git branch -d origin/bugfix
error: branch ‘origin/bugfix’ not found.
$ git branch -rd origin/bugfix
Deleted remote branch origin/bugfix (was 2a14ef7).
$ git push
$ git pull
- [new branch] bugfix -> origin/bugfix
How do I properly delete the
remotes/origin/bugfix branch both locally and remotely?
git push -d <remote_name> <branchname>
git branch -d <branchname>
Note: In most cases,
<remote_name> will be
Delete Local Branch
To delete the local branch, use one of the following:
git branch -d <branch_name>
git branch -D <branch_name>
-d option is an alias for
--delete, which only deletes the branch if it has already been fully merged in its upstream branch.
-D option is an alias for
--delete --force, which deletes the branch "irrespective of its merged status." [Source:
- As of Git v2.3,
git branch -d (delete) learned to honor the
-f (force) flag.
- You will receive an error if you try to delete the currently selected branch.
Delete Remote Branch
As of Git v1.7.0, you can delete a remote branch using
$ git push <remote_name> --delete <branch_name>
which might be easier to remember than
$ git push <remote_name> :<branch_name>
which was added in Git v1.5.0 "to delete a remote branch or a tag."
Starting with Git v2.8.0, you can also use
git push with the
-d option as an alias for
--delete. Therefore, the version of Git you have installed will dictate whether you need to use the easier or harder syntax.
Delete Remote Branch [Original Answer from 5-Jan-2010]
From Chapter 3 of Pro Git by Scott Chacon:
Deleting Remote Branches
Suppose you’re done with a remote branch — say, you and your collaborators are finished with a feature and have merged it into your remote’s main branch (or whatever branch your stable code-line is in). You can delete a remote branch using the rather obtuse syntax
git push [remotename] :[branch]. If you want to delete your
serverfix branch from the server, you run the following:
$ git push origin :serverfix
To [email protected]:schacon/simplegit.git
- [deleted] serverfix
Boom. No more branches on your server. You may want to dog-ear this page, because you’ll need that command, and you’ll likely forget the syntax. A way to remember this command is by recalling the
git push [remotename] [localbranch]:[remotebranch] syntax that we went over a bit earlier. If you leave off the
[localbranch] portion, then you’re basically saying, “Take nothing on my side and make it be
git push origin :bugfix, and it worked beautifully. Scott Chacon was right—I will want to dog-ear that page (or virtually dog ear-by answering this on Stack Overflow).
Finally, execute the following on other machines to propagate changes:
# Fetch changes from all remotes and locally delete
# remote deleted branches/tags etc
# --prune will do the job :-;
git fetch --all --prune