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Creating and deleting branches within your repository

You can create or delete branches directly on GitHub.

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Creating a branch

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

  2. Optionally, if you want to create your new branch from a branch other than the default branch for the repository, click NUMBER 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

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."

You can't delete a branch if it's currently associated with an open pull request.

  1. On GitHub, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. Above the list of files, click NUMBER branches.
    Branches link on overview page
  3. Scroll to the branch that you want to delete, then click .
    delete the 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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