User accidentally killed a branch in Git. Is there a way to get it back?

User accidentally killed a branch in Git.  Is there a way to get it back?

Please advise.

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the easiest way would be to see if anyone else has a local copy of that branch in their local and you can ask them to push that copy into remote repo.

the other option is to check if you have a back up team who does back of the stash system every day and ask them to retrieve the only the info of that branch from the repo id in STASH


if you can ask then to get to this folder and get the backup of the branch in this folder , this would give you the branch back

in the stash server, go to this path

where 4927 is the repo id of my repo

you can find that in STASH login



Ok, great thanks! 

With the first step you mentioned, how to push the local copy to remote repo. 

Please advise. 

if you can find a person with the local copy you can run the below command


git checkout branch name

to be on the branch that needs to be pushed

git push -f origin/branchname

git push remotes/origin/release/1.1.2 bugfix/XCPPP-1528-radius-no-protocol-or-message

fatal: 'remotes/origin/release/1.1.2' does not appear to be a git repository

fatal: Could not read from remote repository.


Please make sure you have the correct access rights (I have given the user write permission on the branch). 

and the repository exists.

this does not seem to look like a proper path to the branch

just try

git push origin branchname

Great, Thank you!

The only possible way is to ask your fellow developer who might have that branch locally. 

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