Git Tip: Deleting merged branches locally

As a part of our spring cleaning drive in our remote repo, we found and deleted a lot of leftover merged branches.

I wanted to find a quick way to do the same locally, and I happened at an answer, which I've written down below, to save it as a quick note for myself, and others.


Add the following to your git config by running the command git config -e --global

[alias]
    cleanup = "!git branch --merged | grep  -v '\\*\\|master\\|development' | xargs -n 1 git branch -d"

Now you can use git cleanup; to delete all the local branches (excluding master and development) which are already merged into the currently checked out branch.

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this should also work:

git config --global alias.cleanup "!git branch --merged | grep  -v '\\*\\|master\\|development|develop' | xargs -n 1 git branch -d"

I also added develop branch because that what we mostly call it instead of development

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