How to create a new branch in Git

This quick guide assumes creating a new git branch from the command line.

For example, you've made some changes to an existing branch, but have decided these code changes would be better off in a new branch. Assuming that you haven't yet committed these changes in the current branch, you can effectively switch these changes into a new branch, with the following Git command:

$ git checkout -b branch_name

Executing git status will reveal your new branch destination. From here, you'll probably want to commit and push the new branch up to the remote repository!

Farewell

Running git branch is another convenient way to show what branch you're on:

$ git branch
  master
* branch_name

The branch with the asterisk is now your newly created (and active) branch.

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