How do you stop tracking a remote branch in Git?
I am asking to stop tracking because in my concrete case, I want to delete the local branch, but not the remote one. Deleting the local one and pushing the deletion to remote will delete the remote branch as well:
Can I just do
git branch -d the_branch, and it won't get propagated when I later
Will it only propagate if I were to run
git push origin :the_branch later on?
As mentioned in Yoshua Wuyts' answer, using
git branch --unset-upstream
You don't have to delete your local branch.
Simply delete the local branch that is tracking the remote branch:
git branch -d -r origin/<remote branch name>
-r, --remotes tells git to delete the remote-tracking branch (i.e., delete the branch set to track the remote branch). This will not delete the branch on the remote repo!
See "Having a hard time understanding git-fetch"
there's no such concept of local tracking branches, only remote tracking branches.
origin/master is a remote tracking branch for
master in the
As mentioned in Dobes Vandermeer's answer, you also need to reset the configuration associated to the local branch:
git config --unset branch.<branch>.remote
git config --unset branch.<branch>.merge
Remove the upstream information for
If no branch is specified it defaults to the current branch.
(git 1.8+, Oct. 2012, commit b84869e by Carlos Martín Nieto (
That will make any push/pull completely unaware of
origin/<remote branch name>.