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Deleted a branch from Git

Hi , I have accidentally deleted a branch from my Git repository.

How to get it back or recover it?


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Hi @Tarak Mehta ,

Welcome to the community!

Make sure to perform all of this locally, and confirm your repo is in the state you desire before pushing to Bitbucket Cloud. It may also be a good idea to clone your current repo, and test these solutions out first.


 If you just deleted the branch, you'll see something like this in your terminal:

Deleted branch <your-branch> (was <sha>)

To restore the branch, use: 

git checkout -b <branch> <sha>

If you don't know the 'sha' off the top of your head, you can:

Find the 'sha' for the commit at the tip of your deleted branch using: 

git reflog

To restore the branch, use: 

git checkout -b <branch> <sha>

If your commits are not in your reflog:

You can try recovering a branch by reseting your branch to the sha of the commit found using a command like: 

git fsck --full --no-reflogs --unreachable --lost-found | grep commit | cut -d\  -f3 | xargs -n 1 git log -n 1 --pretty=oneline > .git/lost-found.txt


You can then display each commit using one of these: 

git log -p <commit>

git cat-file -p <commit>

Thanks for your quick reply!

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