Last Updated: October 03, 2019
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Get git current branch name

you can use rev-parse for this

git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD

you can also pipe it to pbcopy to put it into your clipboard

git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD | pbcopy

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git branch?

over 1 year ago ·

that returns a list of branches, git rev-parse --abrev-ref HEAD returns the name of the current branch, so you can pipe it to another command..

over 1 year ago ·

For other folks arriving here from a google search, as of Git 1.8.1 you can do git symbolic-ref --short HEAD to get the current branch name. This may be considered more idiomatic since the docs (https://git-scm.com/docs/git-symbolic-ref) mention using this command for that use case: "Typically you would give HEAD as the <name> argument to see which branch your working tree is on."

over 1 year ago ·

git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD and git symbolic-ref --short HEAD does not work in gitlab CI because it checks out a commit rather that a branch.

Instead use this environment variable
CI_COMMIT_REF_NAME=test

over 1 year ago ·