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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. wiki

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

npm i -g gitflow #Mac and Linux users only, will fail on windows 

For help, questions, feature requests and bug reports

open an issue.


Fork the repository. Then, run:

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

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:

    • Note, if installed via npm the 'git' can be dropped from every command.

      git flow feature (flow) git flow feature start git flow feature pause (flow feature pause/flow pause/git pause) git flow feature interrupt (flow feature interrupt/flow interrupt/git interrupt) git flow feature resume (flow feature resume/flow resume/git resume) git flow feature finish (flow feature finish/flow finish/git finish) git flow feature delete (flow feature delete/flow delete/git delete)

    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> (flow feature publish/flow publish/git publish)
      git flow feature review <name> (flow feature resume/flow review/git review)
      git flow feature track <name> (flow feature resume/flow review/git review)
  • To list/start/finish/delete release branches, use:

    • Note, if installed via npm the 'git' can be dropped from every command.

      git flow release git flow release start [] git flow release finish git flow release delete

    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.

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.

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