Git Cheat Sheet

By | February 10, 2021
Git Cheat Sheet

If you have ever worked in web development or in any Software development, then you must have heard of Git, or most probably you have used or using git because it is one of the best version control systems we have. The website GitHub use git version control as its brain. Git provides the best way to manage your project, and it became more helpful when a proper team is working on a project.

Git comes with a standard Command Line Interface (CLI), which mean to interact or work with Git we need to pass commands, though if we are using GitHub for our project rather than using git commands we simply use GitHub buttons and other option to manage our project but it is not necessary that if we are using Git we are using GitHub too, Git and GitHub are two separate entities. Many Developers find using a CLI intriguing because it makes them happy to interact with command lines or terminal or white text on black console, but for a beginner using a command line for git commands becomes a daunting task. Git contains hundreds of commands and it is impossible to learn each of them, so what we do, we just simply learn and practice only those commands which are common and enough to serve our purpose.


So here we have provided a cheat sheet for Git commands, so, you could muddle through if you get stuck somewhere using git or forget some commands.

What is Git?

Git is an open-source distributed version control system and the working principle behind the GitHub website. It is the most famous and widely used version control system of this decade which has huge community support. It is called the Distributed Version control system because, unlike other version control systems that store the project’s full version history in one place, Git allows each developer to have their own local repository with complete proper history changes.

What is Version Control?

A version control system is a software that keeps track of your project history and version.

Git Terminologies

Before reading the git cheat sheet let’s have the look at the basic terminologies we use in git:

Terminology Description
Branch A branch represents the various versions and repositories branching out from your main project. It helps us to keep track of the changes happening in the various repositories.
Commit Commit is used to save some changes.
Checkout When we switch between branches we use checkout command.
Fetch Fetch commands can copy and download the branch file to your local device.
Fork A fork is a copy of a repository.
Head The commit at the tip of a branch is called the head. It represents the most current commit of the repository you’re currently working in
Index If we make any changes in the project in order to save those changes we need to commit them, if not all those changes will remain in the index for commit.
Master The main branch of the repositories.
Merge If one branch made any changes so, we can use the merge command to make that same changes in all other repositories
Origin The default version of a repository
Pull It represents the suggestion for changes to the master branch
Push It is used to update the remote branch if we have committed the changes
Repository It holds all the project’s files
Tag It tracks the important commits

Git Cheat Sheet

Git Configuration

Commands Description
git config –-global “User Name” Attach the name User Name to the commits and tag
git config –global “email address” Attach the email address to the commits and tags
git config –global color.ui  auto Enable some colorization in Git interface

Git Setting Project

Commands Description
git init [project name] This command will create a new repository if the project name is provided else it will initialize the git in the current directory.
git clone [project url] It will create a clone of the project which is at remote repository project URL

Git Frequent used commands

Commands Description
git status Show the status of the repository
git diff [File] Show changes between the working directory and staging area
git diff –stages [file] Show changes between the staging area and index
git checkout — [file] Discard change in the working directory
git add [file] Add new file
git reset [file] Get the file back from the staging area
git commit Save the changes
git rm [file] Remove the file
git stash Put the changes into stash

Git Branching

Commands Description
git branch [-a] It will show all the branches of the local repository her –a mean all
git branch [branch name] Create a new branch
git checkout [-b] [name] Switch to name branch, if name is not a branch in the repository so create new branch.
git merge [branch] Merge the branch
git branch –d [branch name] Remove the branch

Review Work

Commands Description
git log [-n count] List last n numbers of commit history
git log –oneline –graph –decorate Give Overview along with reference label and history graph.
git log ref. . List current branch commits
git reflog List operations such as commits, checkout, etc.

Git Tag

Commands Description
git tag Show all tags
git tag [name] [commit sha] Create a tag reference named name for current commit
git tag –d [name] Remove the tag

Revert Changes

Commands Description
git reset [–hard] [target reference] Switch current branch to the target reference, and leaves a difference as an uncommitted change.
git revert [commit sha] Create a new commit, reverting changes from the specified commit.

Synchronizing Repositories

Commands Description
git fetch [remote] Fetch the changes from remote
git pull [remote] Fetch the changes and merge the current branch with upstream
git push [remote] Push all the changes to the remote
git push –u [remote] [branch] Push the local branch to the remote upstream


Git has hundreds of commands and to learn each command is impossible so we only use those commands which are basic and necessary for our project point of view. All the git commands we have provided in this article are the most important git commands and every interviewer expects, you to know at least these commands.

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