How to Delete a Remote Git Branch: A Step-by-Step Guide

Working with Git involves not just managing your local branches but also handling your remote branches, especially when collaborating in a team. Deleting remote branches is a common task in Git workflows, particularly after the completion of features or fixes.

Here’s a straightforward guide on how to delete a remote Git branch.

Understanding Remote Branch Deletion

When you push a branch to a remote repository (like GitHub or Bitbucket), it exists independently from your local branches. After merging a feature branch into the main branch, it's often good practice to delete the remote feature branch to keep the repository clean and organized.

The Command to Delete a Remote Branch

To delete a remote branch, you need to push a delete command to the remote repository. This is done using the --delete flag with the git push command. Here’s the basic syntax:

git push <remote-name> --delete <branch-name>
  • <remote-name> is the name of the remote repository. For most projects, this is usually origin.
  • <branch-name> is the name of the branch you want to delete.


If you want to delete a branch named feature-xyz from the origin remote, the command would be:

git push origin --delete feature-xyz

This command tells Git to delete the feature-xyz branch from the remote repository named origin.

Points to Remember

  • Ensure that the branch you are deleting is no longer needed by you or your team members. Once deleted, the remote branch cannot be recovered easily.
  • Deleting a remote branch does not delete the corresponding local branch. If you also want to delete the local branch, you will need to use a separate command (git branch -d <branch-name>) in your local repository.

You may also want to see:

How to Delete a Local Git Branch: A Step-by-Step Guide
Git branches are essential for managing different features or aspects of your project. However, as your project evolves, you might end up with several branches that are no longer needed.

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