I want to delete a branch both locally and on my remote project fork on GitHub.
$ git branch -D bugfix
Deleted branch bugfix (was 2a14ef7).
$ 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
As of Git v1.7.0, you can delete a remote branch using
git push origin --delete <branchName>
which is easier to remember than
git push origin :<branchName>
which was added in Git v1.5.0 "to delete a remote branch or a tag."
Therefore, the version of Git you have installed will dictate whether you need to use the easier or harder syntax.
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 master branch (or whatever branch your stable codeline 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 firstname.lastname@example.org:schacon/simplegit.git - [deleted] serverfix
Boom. No more branch 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).
Then you should execute this on other machines
git fetch --all --prune
to propagate changes.