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Managing the default branch name for your repositories

You can set the default branch name for new repositories that you create on

About management of the default branch name

When you create a new repository on, the repository contains one branch, which is the default branch. You can change the name that GitHub uses for the default branch in new repositories you create. For more information about the default branch, see "About branches."

You can change the default branch for an existing repository. For more information, see "Changing the default branch."

Setting the default branch name

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page on GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Settings.
  2. In the "Code planning, and automation" section of the sidebar, click Repositories.
  3. Under "Repository default branch", click Change default branch name now.
  4. In the text field, type the default name that you would like to use for new branches.
  5. Click Update.

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