Reset branch to different commit (Git)

How can I reset (hard or soft) my current branch to a different commit?

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Colin Goudie Community Champion Nov 15, 2011

git reset --hard COMMIT_ID

e.g.

git reset --hard 0f347f

With SourceTree you would probably right click on the commit and do a checkout (discard changed) or something

I know how I can do that on command line, but I want to avoid command line at all. BTW, the Reset toolbar button exists, but is disabled.

As Colin says, right-click a commit in the log and select 'Checkout'. You can also use the Checkout toolbar button / menu item and select an item from the list in the dialog.

I've tried, but Checkout just changes what working tree state I will have. It does not move my current branch to the selected commit. Is the Reset feature missing in SourceTree though a toolbar button with this name already exists?

'git reset' has many different modes, SourceTree uses the most common one which is to undo your working copy changes. Checkout effectively does 'git reset' followed by 'git checkout' for missing files.

You're clearly looking for 'git reset --hard' to move your branch pointer elsewhere. SourceTree doesn't support that yet.

Not just reset --hard, but also --soft and --mixed. All those move the branch pointer, but do different things with the index or working tree.

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