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Creating and deleting branches within your repository

You can create or delete branches directly on GitHub Enterprise Cloud.

Creating a branch

You can create a branch in different ways on GitHub Enterprise Cloud.

Note: You can only create a branch in a repository to which you have push access.

Creating a branch via the branches overview

  1. On GitHub.com, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. Above the list of files, click Branches. Branches link on overview page
  3. Click New branch. Screenshot of branches overview page with new branch button emphasized
  4. In the dialog box, enter the branch name and optionally change the branch source.
    If the repository is a fork, you also have the option to select the upstream repository as the branch source. Screenshot of branch creation modal for a fork with branch source emphasized
  5. Click Create branch. Screenshot of branch creation modal with create branch button emphasized

Creating a branch using the branch dropdown

  1. On GitHub.com, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. Optionally, if you want to create the new branch from a branch other than the default branch of the repository, click Branches then choose another branch. Branches link on overview page
  3. Click the branch selector menu. branch selector menu
  4. Type a unique name for your new branch, then select Create branch. branch creation text box

Creating a branch for an issue

You can create a branch to work on an issue directly from the issue page and get started right away. For more information, see "Creating a branch to work on an issue".

Deleting a branch

You can have head branches automatically deleted after pull requests are merged in your repository. For more information, see "Managing the automatic deletion of branches."

Note: If the branch you want to delete is the repository's default branch, you must choose a new default branch before deleting the branch. For more information, see "Changing the default branch."

If the branch you want to delete is associated with an open pull request, you must merge or close the pull request before deleting the branch. For more information, see "Merging a pull request" or "Closing a pull request."

  1. On GitHub.com, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Above the list of files, click Branches. Branches link on overview page

  3. Scroll to the branch that you want to delete, then click . delete the branch

  4. If you try to delete a branch that is associated with at least one open pull request, you must confirm that you intend to close the pull request(s).

    Confirm deleting a branch

If you delete a head branch after its pull request has been merged, GitHub checks for any open pull requests in the same repository that specify the deleted branch as their base branch. GitHub automatically updates any such pull requests, changing their base branch to the merged pull request's base branch. For more information, see "About branches."

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