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Wahid Abduhakimov
Wahid Abduhakimov

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Remove local stale branches

It's no secret that we end up with tons of unused, stale branches (either merged or not) in local git repository.

You might want to clean-up unused branches for both organization and storage purposes. But you don't want to delete branches one-by-one which would literally take hours (sometimes).

Here is how to remove local branch in bulk.

1. Remove git branches on *nix terminal.

# this will delete only merged branches
git branch --merged | grep -v \* | xargs git branch -D

# this will delete all branches except the current one checked out
git branch | grep -v \* | xargs git branch -D
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2. Remove git branches on Windows Powershell/Terminal.

# this will magically all branches except dev, main, master and develop.
git branch | Select-String -Pattern '^(?!.*(dev|main|master|develop)).*$' | ForEach-Object { git branch -D $_.ToString().Trim() }

# this will only delete merged branches.
git branch --merged | Select-String -Pattern '^(?!.*(dev|main)).*$' | ForEach-Object { git branch -D $_.ToString().Trim() }
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Yeah, it's that easy. Go ahead and give your local git some breathe 🙂.

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