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This version of GitHub Enterprise Server was discontinued on 2024-07-09. No patch releases will be made, even for critical security issues. For better performance, improved security, and new features, upgrade to the latest version of GitHub Enterprise Server. For help with the upgrade, contact GitHub Enterprise support.

Managing branches in your repository

Whenever you propose a change in Git, you create a new branch. Branch management is an important part of the Git workflow. After some time, your list of branches may grow, so it's a good idea to delete merged or stale branches.

Viewing branches in your repository

Branches are central to collaboration on GitHub Enterprise Server, and the best way to view them is the branches page.

Renaming a branch

You can change the name of a branch in a repository.

Changing the default branch

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

Deleting and restoring branches in a pull request

If you have write access in a repository, you can delete branches that are associated with closed or merged pull requests. You cannot delete branches that are associated with open pull requests.