I Ran into a Merge Conflict. How Do I Abort the Merge?

Better Stack Team
Updated on June 24, 2024

If you encounter a merge conflict in Git and want to abort the merge operation, you can use the following command:

git merge --abort

This command will abort the merge operation and return your working directory to the state it was in before you attempted the merge.


  • Aborting a merge will revert your working directory to the state it was in before you started the merge operation. Any changes you made during the merge process will be discarded.
  • After aborting the merge, you may need to resolve the conflict or take alternative actions to integrate changes from the branches you were merging.
  • If you have any staged changes before attempting to merge, they will remain staged after aborting the merge. You can unstage them using git reset.
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