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The other day at work I realized how many open branches we had in our Git repo that had been merged into the master branch but weren’t deleted from our BitBucket repo. I started looking for ways to quickly cleanup the branches without automating the process so I didn’t accidentally delete something that was still needed.
My initial search found that you can delete a remote branch using the following command:
git push origin --delete name-of-branch
My issue was that I needed to delete hundreds of of branches. Luckily you can specify multiple branches for this command like so:
git push origin --delete name-of-branch1 name-of-branch2 name-of-branch3 name-of-branch4
I was able to use
git branch --merged to get a quick list of all the branches that had been merged into master and then I ran the command above on them once I verified they were all “old”.
Scott is the Director of Technology at WeCare Connect where he strives to provide solutions for his customers needs. He's the father of two and can be found most weekends working on projects around his house with his loving partner.