The default branch is considered the base branch in your repository, against which all pull requests and code commits are automatically made, unless you specify a different branch.
Your default branch is named
master. If you have admin rights over a repository on your GitHub Enterprise instance, you can change the default branch on the repository.
On GitHub Enterprise, navigate to the main page of the repository.
In the repository's right sidebar, click Settings.
In the default branch sidebar, choose the new default branch.
You can only switch between branches that already exist on your GitHub Enterprise instance. To create a new branch through the UI, see "Creating and deleting branches within your repository".