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Changing the default branch

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

Who can use this feature

People with admin access for a repository can change the default branch for the repository.

About changing the default branch

You can choose the default branch for a repository. The default branch is the base branch for pull requests and code commits. For more information about the default branch, see "About branches."

Note: If you use the Git-Subversion bridge, changing the default branch will affect your trunk branch contents and the HEAD you see when you list references for the remote repository. For more information, see "Support for Subversion clients" and git-ls-remote in the Git documentation.

You can also rename the default branch. For more information, see "Renaming a branch."

Puedes configurar el nombre de la rama predeterminada para los repositorios nuevos. Para obtener más información, consulte "Administración de la rama predeterminada de los repositorios", "Administración del nombre de la rama predeterminada en los repositorios de la organización" y "Aplicación de directivas de administración de repositorios en la empresa".

Prerequisites

To change the default branch, your repository must have more than one branch. For more information, see "Creating and deleting branches within your repository."

Changing the default branch

  1. On your GitHub Enterprise Server instance, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Debajo del nombre del repositorio, haz clic en Configuración. Botón de configuración del repositorio

  3. In the left menu, click Branches. Repository options sub-menu

  4. Under "Default branch", to the right of the default branch name, click . Switch icon with two arrows to the right of current default branch name

  5. Use the drop-down, then click a branch name. Drop-down to choose new default branch

  6. Click Update. "Update" button after choosing a new default branch

  7. Read the warning, then click I understand, update the default branch. "I understand, update the default branch." button to perform the update