git, the version-control system we all use. It has helped save a tremendous number of work hours by simplifying the process to track changes in source code during software development. Today I will try to demystify one of its commands to help you save some more time.
Let's be real, you often come across a situation where you are doing what you do best, writing some awesome code. But, suddenly you are required to just make your changes disappear and test some other code. Now, you are not ready to commit your changes yet. What do you do? The answer to this issue is the
git stash command.
git stash command takes your uncommitted changes (both staged and unstaged), saves them away for later use, and then reverts them from your working copy. For example:
$ git status Changes to be committed: (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) modified: index.html Changes not staged for commit: (use "git add <file>..." to update what will be committed) (use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory) modified: lib/simplegit.rb
Stashing the changes
$ git stash Saved working directory and index state \ "WIP on master: 049d078 Create index file" HEAD is now at 049d078 Create index file
$ git status # On branch master nothing to commit, working tree clean
You can reapply previously stashed changes with
git stash pop.
$ git stash pop On branch master Changes not staged for commit: (use "git add <file>..." to update what will be committed) (use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory) modified: index.html modified: lib/simplegit.rb no changes added to commit (use "git add" and/or "git commit -a")
Bonus tip, you can also stash untracked files using
git stash --include-untracked.