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Git Hack: Make commit with a past date

Ayushi Rawat
A Software Developer and a YouTuber who likes to write Technical Blogs and contribute to Open Source.
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Hello reader!

Ever wanted to commit something to a git repo with a past date? Here’s how you could do it.

If you are working on a project and missed a commit yesterday or you accomplished the task but GitHub for Windows bailed on you? Well, this little hack can solve your problem.

Check the YouTube video tutorial for live demonstration and better Understanding.

Pre-Step.
Pull all data from remote to the local repository.

For the same, we are using the --amend and --date switches.
The exact command is as follows:

$ git commit --amend --date="YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS"

Simple isn't it!

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Discussion (3)

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Waylon Walker

--amend is super powerful I've used it a number of times to change my name/email.

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Kathan Vakharia

So you can kinda cheat on github 👀

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Rohith V

I generally use --amend to modify the recent commit message