Changing the default branch

If you have more than one branch in your repository, you can configure any branch as the default branch.

People with admin permissions to a repository can change the default branch for the repository.

About changing the default branch

You can choose the default branch for a repository. The default branch is the base branch for pull requests and code commits. For more information about the default branch, see "About branches."


To change the default branch, your repository must have more than one branch. Weitere Informationen findest Du unter „Branches in Deinem Repository erstellen und löschen.“

Changing the default branch

  1. Navigiere in GitHub AE zur Hauptseite des Repository.
  2. Klicke unter Deinem Repository-Namen auf Settings (Einstellungen). Schaltfläche „Repository settings" (Repository-Einstellungen)
  3. Klicke im linken Menü auf Branches. Untermenü „Repository options" (Repository-Optionen)
  4. Under "Default branch", to the right of the default branch name, click . Switch icon with two arrows to the right of current default branch name
  5. Use the drop-down, then click a branch name. Drop-down to choose new default branch
  6. Klicke auf Update (Aktualisieren). "Update" button after choosing a new default branch
  7. Read the warning, then click I understand, update the default branch. "Update" button after choosing a new default branch

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