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git-flow (AVH Edition)

A collection of Git extensions to provide high-level repository operations for Vincent Driessen's branching model. This fork adds functionality not added to the original branch.

Getting started

For the best introduction to get started with git flow, please read Jeff Kreeftmeijer's blog post:

Or have a look at one of these screen casts:

A quick cheatsheet was made by Daniel Kummer:

Installing git-flow

See the Wiki for up-to-date Installation Instructions.

Integration with your shell

For those who use the Bash or ZSH shell, you can use my fork of git-flow-completion which includes several additions for git-flow (AVH Edition), or you can use the original git-flow-completion project by bobthecow. Both offer tab-completion for git-flow subcommands and branch names with my fork including tab-completion for the commands not found in the original git-flow.


  • See the FAQ section of the project Wiki.
  • Version Numbering Scheme.
    Starting with version 1.0, the project uses the following scheme: <MAJOR>.<MINOR>.<REVISION>\
  • AVH is the acronym of "A VirtualHome"

Please help out

This project is under constant 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 repository and to commit your additions. For a list of all contributors, please see the AUTHORS file.

Any questions, tips, or general discussion can be posted to the Google group: This is the original group set up to support the nvie branch, but I am monitoring the list as well for any questions related to my version. When you do post a question on the list please indicate which version you are, using the complete version number.


Fork the repository. Then, run:

git clone -b master<username>/gitflow-avh.git
cd gitflow-avh

The -b master switch has to be added since the fork operation automatically clones the develop branch of the official gitflow repository and cloning it results in a local repository with just a develop branch.

If you do not have gitflow installed yet install it by running make && make install.

After that initialize the local gitflow repository with gitflow itself:

git flow init -d
git flow feature start <your feature>

Then, do work and commit your changes.

git flow feature publish <your feature>

When done, open a pull request to your feature branch.

License terms

git-flow is published under the FreeBSD License, see the LICENSE file. Although the FreeBSD License does not require you to share any modifications you make to the source code, you are very much encouraged and invited to contribute back your modifications to the community, preferably in a Github fork, of course.

git flow usage


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

git flow init [-d]

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.

The -d flag will accept all defaults.

Screencast git flow init

Creating feature/release/hotfix/support branches

  • To list/start/finish/delete feature branches, use:
git flow feature
git flow feature start <name> [<base>]
git flow feature finish <name>
git flow feature delete <name>

For feature branches, the <base> arg must be a branch, when omitted it defaults to the develop branch.

  • To push/pull a feature branch to the remote repository, use:
git flow feature publish <name>
git flow feature track <name>
  • To list/start/finish/delete release branches, use:
git flow release
git flow release start <release> [<base>]
git flow release finish <release>
git flow release delete <release>

For release branches, the <base> arg must be a branch, when omitted it defaults to the develop branch.

  • To list/start/finish/delete hotfix branches, use:
git flow hotfix
git flow hotfix start <release> [<base>]
git flow hotfix finish <release>
git flow hotfix delete <release>

For hotfix branches, the <base> arg must be a branch, when omitted it defaults to the production branch.

  • To list/start support branches, use:
git flow support
git flow support start <release> <base>

For support branches, the <base> arg must be a branch, when omitted it defaults to the production branch.

Share features with others

You can easily publish a feature you are working on. The reason can be to allow other programmers to work on it or to access it from another machine. The publish/track feature of gitflow simplify the creation of a remote branch and its tracking.

When you want to publish a feature just use:

git flow feature publish <name>

or, if you already are into the feature/<name> branch, just issue:

git flow feature publish

Now if you execute git branch -avv you will see that your branch feature/<name> tracks [origin/feature/<name>]. To track the same remote branch in another clone of the same repository use:

git flow feature track <name>

This will create a local feature feature/<name> that tracks the same remote branch as the original one, that is origin/feature/<name>.

When one developer (depending on your work flow) finishes working on the feature he or she can issue git flow feature finish <name> and this will automatically delete the remote branch. All other developers shall then run:

    git flow feature delete <name>

to get rid of the local feature that tracks a remote branch that no more exist.

Share hotfixes with others

You can publish an hotfix you are working on. The reason can be to allow other programmers to work on it or validate it or to access it from another machine.

When you want to publish an hotfix just use (as you did for features):

git flow hotfix publish <name>

or, if you already are into the hotfix/<name> branch, just issue:

git flow hotfix publish

Other developers can now update their repositories and checkout the hotfix:

git pull
git checkout hotfix/<name>

and eventually finish it:

git flow hotfix finish

Using Hooks and Filters

For a wide variety of commands hooks or filters can be called before and after the command.
The files should be placed in .git/hooks
In the directory hooks you can find examples of all the hooks available.

Showing your appreciation

Of course, the best way to show your appreciation for the git-flow tool itself remains contributing to the community. If you'd like to show your appreciation in another way, however, consider donating through PayPal: