Does SourceTree has a feature to fast-forward branch that is not checked out?

The "Merge {branch} into current branch" menu can just fast-forward the checked-out branch. Can I fast-forward another branch without checking it out in SourceTree?


I can no longer post comments now (not enough rep):

@Seth Foss:

The same think is with "Reset current branch to this commit" menu item (for instance with mode Hard). Issue here:

1 answer

You cannot do that in SourceTree, and I don't think Git allows it either (which would explain why SourceTree doesn't).

Interesting. However, given the safety concerns mentioned in that answer, it is unlikely many Git UIs will support it. If you like, you can create a feature request at

The command may not lose commits, but they may not be findable in the UI, so they would seem "lost" to a large number of UI users who are completelyintimidated by the terminal. In any case, I have no part in Atlassian design decisions - I'm just a user. Submit a feature request and see if anything comes of it.

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Atlassian Community Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, Atlassian Community!

This community is celebrating its one-year anniversary and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has all the feels.

Read more
Community showcase
Brian Ganninger
Published Jan 23, 2018 in Sourcetree

Tip from the team: workflow and keyboard shortcuts

Supported Platforms macOS Sourcetree has a lot to offer and, like many developer tools, finding and using it all can be a challenge, especially for a new user. Everyone might not love ...

649 views 0 4
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you