Nyambaa Nyambaa - 6 months ago 23
Git Question

How can I delete all git branches which have been merged?

I have many git branches. How do I delete branches which have already been merged? Is there an easy way to delete them all instead of deleting them one by one?



You can add other branches to exclude like master and dev if your workflow has those as a possible ancestor. Usually I branch off of a "sprint-start" tag and master, dev and qa are not ancestors.

To delete all local branches that are already merged into the currently checked out branch:

git branch --merged | egrep -v "(^\*|master|dev)" | xargs git branch -d

You can see that master and dev are excluded in case they are an ancestor.

You can delete a merged local branch with:

git branch -d branchname

If it's not merged, use:

git branch -D branchname

To delete it from the remote in old versions of Git use:

git push origin :branchname

In more recent versions of Git use:

git push --delete origin branchname

Once you delete the branch from the remote, you can prune to get rid of remote tracking branches with:

git remote prune origin

or prune individual remote tracking branches, as the other answer suggests, with:

git branch -dr branchname

Hope this helps.