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A collection of Git extensions to provide high-level repository operations for Vincent Driessen's branching model.

In release 0.2, the order of the arguments has changed to provide a logical subcommand hierarchy.

Installing git-flow

After downloading the sources from Github, also fetch the submodules:

$ git submodule init
$ git submodule update

Then, you can install git-flow, using:

$ sudo make install

By default, this will look for the directory where Git is already installed, and install the git-flow extension alongside the other Git subcommands. If git is not on the system's PATH, it tries /usr/libexec/git-core. To explicitly override this setting in case you have installed Git in another location, use:

$ sudo make GIT_EXEC_PATH=/your/custom/path install

You rarely need to override this manually, the default 'make install' should do fine.

Or simply point your PATH environment variable to your git-flow checkout directory.

Please help out

This project is still under development. Feedback and suggestions are very welcome and I encourage you to use the Issues list on Github to provide that feedback.

Feel free to fork this repo and to commit your additions.

Typical usage:


To initialize a new repo with the basic branch structure, use:

    git flow init

This will then interactively prompt you with some questions on which branches you would like to use as development and production branches, and how you would like your prefixes be named. You may simply press Return on any of those questions to accept the (sane) default suggestions.

Creating feature/release/hotfix/support branches

  • To list/start/finish feature branches, use:

    git flow feature
    git flow feature start <name> [<base>]
    git flow feature finish <name>

    For feature branches, the <base> arg must be a commit on develop.

  • To list/start/finish release branches, use:

    git flow release
    git flow release start <release> [<base>]
    git flow release finish <release>

    For release branches, the <base> arg must be a commit on develop.

  • To list/start/finish hotfix branches, use:

    git flow hotfix
    git flow hotfix start <release> [<base>]
    git flow hotfix finish <release>

    For hotfix branches, the <base> arg must be a commit on master.

  • To list/start support branches, use:

    git flow support
    git flow support start <release> <base>

    For support branches, the <base> arg must be a commit on master.

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