Manage Git Branches with git-trim

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February 11th, 2022

Manage Git Branches with git-trim

Have you ever needed to clean up stale or old local branches that have already been merged and deleted on GitHub? Jason McCreary has released a CLI tool for organizing local and remote branches:

Cleaning up thousands of dangling references in Git repos everywhere - another "Garbage Man" production. 🗑😎

— Jason McCreary 🗑 (@gonedark) February 9, 2022

The git-trim command is a way to quickly remove merged, pruned, untracked, and stale branches in Git repositories:

1# Removes local branches where its remote branch no longer exists
2git trim
3git trim --pruned
5# Removes local branches already merged into the current branch
6git trim --merged
8# Removes local branches without commits in the last 3 months
9git trim --stale
11# Removes local branches not tracking a remote branch
12git trim --untracked
14# Removes all local branches except the current branch (requires confirmation)
15git trim --all

You can also combine these when it makes sense, such as removing merged and stale branches:

1git-trim --merged --stale

You can download and try this command out via NPM or as an Oh-My-Zsh plugin. If you'd like to learn more about the source code, you can check it out on GitHub at jasonmccreary/git-trim.

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Paul Redmond

Full stack web developer. Author of Lumen Programming Guide and Docker for PHP Developers.