How Do I Get the Current Branch Name in Git?

Better Stack Team
Updated on June 24, 2024

To get the name of the current branch in Git, you can use the following command:

git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD

This command will output the name of the current branch. If you're on a branch named main, for example, the output will be main.

Alternatively, you can also use:

git branch --show-current

This command was introduced in Git version 2.22 and provides a more direct way to get the name of the current branch. It will output the name of the current branch without additional formatting.

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