How to use git stash

How to use git stash

August 7, 2023

When working with Git, you can use the “git stash” feature to save your changes temporarily without committing them. This is helpful when you need to switch to another branch, fix a bug, or perform other tasks. Here’s the sequence to follow when using “git stash”:

  1. Save your changes to branch A.
  2. Run git stash to stash your changes.
  3. Check out branch B to work on another task, such as fixing a bug.
  4. Fix the bug in branch B.
  5. Commit your changes in branch B and, optionally, push them to the remote repository.
  6. Check out branch A again to continue working on your original task.
  7. Run git stash pop to apply the stashed changes back to your working directory.

By following this sequence, you can effectively use “git stash” to manage your changes and switch between branches without losing your work.

Listing Your Stashes

To view a list of your stashes, you can use the following command:

git stash list

This command will display a list of your stashed changes, allowing you to see what you’ve saved for later use.

If you’ve stashed changes in Git and want to retrieve a specific stash from the list, you can use the following steps:

  1. List Your Stashes: First, you need to list your stashes to identify the one you want to pop. You can use the following command to list your stashes:
git stash list
  1. Pop a Specific Stash: Once you’ve identified the stash you want to pop, use the git stash pop command with the stash reference. Replace stash@{N} with the actual stash reference you want to pop:
git stash pop stash@{N}

Replace N with the actual index of the stash you want to pop. After running this command, the changes from the selected stash will be applied to your working directory, and the stash itself will be removed from the list.

By following these steps, you can easily retrieve and apply a specific stash from the list when you have multiple stashes saved in Git.

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