Updated April 13, 2023
Introduction to GitLab Rename Branch
GitLab rename branch means GitLab allows us to rename the existing branch name. In GitLab, we have a command to rename the branch name as per our requirement that git branch –m<old bname><new bname>. During the rename, we need to consider the two scenarios, that is, if we view any branch at that time, there is no need to specify the branch name that we need to rename, and if we don’t view any branch at that time, we need to specify the branch name that we need to name. So without any deletion operation, we can rename the branch name as per our requirement.
What is GitLab Rename Branch?
- When working in Git, designers use Git branches to add new provisions or fix bugs. A branch allows them to make changes without influencing the first code. At the point when another branch is demonstrated to work effectively, designers can blend it with the expert branch. Branches are autonomous lines of improvement in a Git vault. They are utilized to isolate your code. A branch allows you to chip away at various pieces of an undertaking without influencing the fundamental line of improvement.
- What occurs if a branch is named mistakenly? Do you have to erase it? No. Git might be irritating on occasion; however, it has a strategy that you can use to rename a branch. The git branch order allows you to rename a branch. To rename a branch, run git branch – m <old> <new>. “Specified Old name of the branch” is the name of the branch you need to rename, and “new” is the new name for the branch. When working with your Git stores, there will probably come when you wish to rename a Git branch that you’re working with. In the first place, we’ll see renaming a nearby Git branch and afterward renaming a far-off Git branch.
How to GitLab Rename Branch?
Now let’s see how we can rename the branch name as follows:
Now let’s see how we can rename it locally as follows:
We should rename a Git branch. The language structure for renaming a branch is distinctive, depending on whether you see the branch you need to rename. Assuming you need to rename the branch you are seeing, you just need to determine another name for the branch. In any case, you need to determine the name of the branch you need to rename and the new name for the branch. Thus, we should expect we need to rename a branch we are seeing. To begin with, you must explore the branch that you need to rename.
You can do this utilizing the git checkout command.
git checkout specified name of branch
- By using the above command, we can view the branch that we want; in this command, we just need to specify the branch name that we want to view.
- After the view command, we can rename the branch we want, but one important thing is that the renamed branch depends on the view.
Git Branch Rename Command
Now let’s see which command we need to use to rename the branch name as follows:
In the above point, we already saw different scenarios for renaming a branch name. That means if we are viewing any branch at that time, there is no need to mention the old branch name as follows.
git branch –m<Specified new branch name>
- In the above command, we need to specify only the new name that we want to change because, in this scenario, we already view the branch name, so we do not need to specify the branch name in this command.
Now let’s see the second scenario if we don’t know the current branch name, but we must know which branch name we need to change, so at that time, we can use the following command as follows.
git branch –m< Specified old branch name ><Specified new branch name>
- In the above command, we use two different parameters, as shown. Here the first parameter is that the specified old branch name specifies the old name of the branch name that we need to change.
- The second parameter that is specified new branch name is used to specify the new branch that we need to assign to a specific branch. So, these two scenarios we must need to consider during the branch rename operation.
Examples of GitLab Rename Branch
Different examples are mentioned below:
Now let’s see an example of renaming a branch name as follows.
Suppose we consider the first scenario that we view the branch name as follows.
Here we have already created a branch that demonstrates the following.
Now suppose we need to rename the branch name demo to sample, so we need to write the following command as follows.
git branch –m sample
- Now execute the git branch command to see the renamed branch name as follows.
- After execution of the above command, we are able to see the updated name of the branch. The final output of the above command we illustrated by using the following screenshot as follows.
Now let’s see the second scenario; that is, we need to pass the old branch name and the new branch name as follows.
git branch –m sample sample2
- Suppose we have a sample branch that we already created, and we need to rename that branch name to sample2; at that time, we can use the above command.
- After execution of this command, we need to again execute the following command as follows.
- The final output of the above command we illustrated by using the following screenshot as follows.
So all these commands we see for rename branches through the command line, but we are also able to rename branch names by using the GUI of GitLab.
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