How to revert a Git repository to a previous commit

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How do I revert from my current state to a snapshot made on a certain commit?

If I do git log, then I get the following output:

$ git log
commit a867b4af366350be2e7c21b8de9cc6504678a61b`
Author: Me <[email protected]>
Date:   Thu Nov 4 18:59:41 2010 -0400

blah blah blah...

commit 25eee4caef46ae64aa08e8ab3f988bc917ee1ce4
Author: Me <[email protected]>
Date:   Thu Nov 4 05:13:39 2010 -0400

more blah blah blah...

commit 0766c053c0ea2035e90f504928f8df3c9363b8bd
Author: Me <[email protected]>
Date:   Thu Nov 4 00:55:06 2010 -0400

And yet more blah blah...

commit 0d1d7fc32e5a947fbd92ee598033d85bfc445a50
Author: Me <[email protected]>
Date:   Wed Nov 3 23:56:08 2010 -0400

Yep, more blah blah.

How do revert to the commit from November 3, i.e. commit 0d1d7fc?



answered 8 years ago Cascabel #1

This depends a lot on what you mean by "revert".

Temporarily switch to a different commit

If you want to temporarily go back to it, fool around, then come back to where you are, all you have to do is check out the desired commit:

# This will detach your HEAD, that is, leave you with no branch checked out:
git checkout 0d1d7fc32

Or if you want to make commits while you're there, go ahead and make a new branch while you're at it:

git checkout -b old-state 0d1d7fc32

To go back to where you were, just check out the branch you were on again. (If you've made changes, as always when switching branches, you'll have to deal with them as appropriate. You could reset to throw them away; you could stash, checkout, stash pop to take them with you; you could commit them to a branch there if you want a branch there.)

Hard delete unpublished commits

If, on the other hand, you want to really get rid of everything you've done since then, there are two possibilities. One, if you haven't published any of these commits, simply reset:

# This will destroy any local modifications.
# Don't do it if you have uncommitted work you want to keep.
git reset --hard 0d1d7fc32

# Alternatively, if there's work to keep:
git stash
git reset --hard 0d1d7fc32
git stash pop
# This saves the modifications, then reapplies that patch after resetting.
# You could get merge conflicts, if you've modified things which were
# changed since the commit you reset to.

If you mess up, you've already thrown away your local changes, but you can at least get back to where you were before by resetting again.

Undo published commits with new commits

On the other hand, if you've published the work, you probably don't want to reset the branch, since that's effectively rewriting history. In that case, you could indeed revert the commits. With Git, revert has a very specific meaning: create a commit with the reverse patch to cancel it out. This way you don't rewrite any history.

# This will create three separate revert commits:
git revert a867b4af 25eee4ca 0766c053

# It also takes ranges. This will revert the last two commits:
git revert HEAD~2..HEAD

#Similarly, you can revert a range of commits using commit hashes:
git revert a867b4af..0766c053 

# Reverting a merge commit
git revert -m 1 <merge_commit_sha>

# To get just one, you could use `rebase -i` to squash them afterwards
# Or, you could do it manually (be sure to do this at top level of the repo)
# get your index and work tree into the desired state, without changing HEAD:
git checkout 0d1d7fc32 .

# Then commit. Be sure and write a good message describing what you just did
git commit

The git-revert manpage actually covers a lot of this in its description. Another useful link is this section discussing git-revert.

If you decide you didn't want to revert after all, you can revert the revert (as described here) or reset back to before the revert (see the previous section).

You may also find this answer helpful in this case:
How to move HEAD back to a previous location? (Detached head)

answered 7 years ago Lance Caraccioli #2

Say you have the following commits in a text file named ~/commits-to-revert.txt (I used git log --pretty=oneline to get them)


Create a Bash shell script to revert each of them:

cd /path/to/working/copy
for i in `cat ~/commits-to-revert.txt`
    git revert $i --no-commit

This reverts everything back to the previous state, including file and directory creations, and deletions, commit it to your branch and you retain the history, but you have it reverted back to the same file structure. Why Git doesn't have a git revert --to <hash> is beyond me.

answered 6 years ago Roman Minenok #3

I have tried a lot of ways to revert local changes in Git, and it seems that this works the best if you just want to revert to the latest commit state.

git add . && git checkout master -f

Short description:

  • It will NOT create any commits as git revert does.
  • It will NOT detach your HEAD like git checkout <commithashcode> does.
  • It WILL override all your local changes and DELETE all added files since the last commit in the branch.
  • It works only with branches names, so you can revert only to latest commit in the branch this way.

I found a much more convenient and simple way to achieve the results above:

git add . && git reset --hard HEAD

where HEAD points to the latest commit at you current branch.

It is the same code code as boulder_ruby suggested, but I have added git add . before git reset --hard HEAD to erase all new files created since the last commit since this is what most people expect I believe when reverting to the latest commit.

answered 6 years ago boulder_ruby #4

Reverting Working Copy to Most Recent Commit

To revert to a previous commit, ignoring any changes:

git reset --hard HEAD

where HEAD is the last commit in your current branch

Reverting The Working Copy to an Older Commit

To revert to a commit that's older than the most recent commit:

# Resets index to former commit; replace '56e05fced' with your commit code
git reset 56e05fced 

# Moves pointer back to previous HEAD
git reset --soft [email protected]{1}

git commit -m "Revert to 56e05fced"

# Updates working copy to reflect the new commit
git reset --hard

Credits go to a similar Stack Overflow question, Revert to a commit by a SHA hash in Git?.

answered 5 years ago Shadow Man #5

There is a command (not a part of core Git, but it is in the git-extras package) specifically for reverting and staging old commits:

git back

Per the man page, it can also be used as such:

# Remove the latest three commits
git back 3

answered 5 years ago sivi #6

After all the changes, when you push all these commands, you might have to use:

git push -f ...

And not only git push.

answered 5 years ago Pogrindis #7

The best option for me and probably others is the Git reset option:

git reset --hard <commidId> && git clean -f

This has been the best option for me! It is simple, fast and effective!

Note : As mentioned in comments don't do this if you're sharing your branch with other people who have copies of the old commits

Also from the comments, if you wanted a less 'ballzy' method you could use

git clean -i

answered 5 years ago Yarin #8

Lots of complicated and dangerous answers here, but it's actually easy:

git revert --no-commit 0766c053..HEAD
git commit

This will revert everything from the HEAD back to the commit hash, meaning it will recreate that commit state in the working tree as if every commit since had been walked back. You can then commit the current tree, and it will create a brand new commit essentially equivalent to the commit you "reverted" to.

(The --no-commit flag lets git revert all the commits at once- otherwise you'll be prompted for a message for each commit in the range, littering your history with unnecessary new commits.)

This is a safe and easy way to rollback to a previous state. No history is destroyed, so it can be used for commits that have already been made public.

answered 5 years ago tonythomas01 #9

Select your required commit, and check it by

git show HEAD
git show HEAD~1
git show HEAD~2 

till you get the required commit. To make the HEAD point to that, do

git reset --hard HEAD~1

or git reset --hard HEAD~2 or whatever.

answered 5 years ago Stephen Ostermiller #10

If you want to "uncommit", erase the last commit message, and put the modified files back in staging, you would use the command:

git reset --soft HEAD~1
  • --soft indicates that the uncommitted files should be retained as working files opposed to --hard which would discard them.
  • HEAD~1 is the last commit. If you want to rollback 3 commits you could use HEAD~3. If you want to rollback to a specific revision number, you could also do that using its SHA hash.

This is an extremely useful command in situations where you committed the wrong thing and you want to undo that last commit.


answered 4 years ago user456814 #11

Extra Alternatives to Jefromi's Solutions

Jefromi's solutions are definitely the best ones, and you should definitely use them. However, for the sake of completeness, I also wanted to show these other alternative solutions that can also be used to revert a commit (in the sense that you create a new commit that undoes changes in previous commit, just like what git revert does).

To be clear, these alternatives are not the best way to revert commits, Jefromi's solutions are, but I just want to point out that you can also use these other methods to achieve the same thing as git revert.

Alternative 1: Hard and Soft Resets

This is a very slightly modified version of Charles Bailey's solution to Revert to a commit by a SHA hash in Git?:

# Reset the index to the desired commit
git reset --hard <commit>

# Move the branch pointer back to the previous HEAD
git reset --soft [email protected]{1}

# Commit the changes
git commit -m "Revert to <commit>"

This basically works by using the fact that soft resets will leave the state of the previous commit staged in the index/staging-area, which you can then commit.

Alternative 2: Delete the Current Tree and Replace with the New One

This solution comes from svick's solution to Checkout old commit and make it a new commit:

git rm -r .
git checkout <commit> .
git commit

Similarly to alternative #1, this reproduces the state of <commit> in the current working copy. It is necessary to do git rm first because git checkout won't remove files that have been added since <commit>.

answered 4 years ago kiran boghra #12

You can do this by the following two commands:

git reset --hard [previous Commit SHA id here]
git push origin [branch Name] -f

It will remove your previous Git commit.

If you want to keep your changes, you can also use:

git reset --soft [previous Commit SHA id here]

Then it will save your changes.

answered 4 years ago nevster #13

I believe some people may come to this question wanting to know how to rollback committed changes they've made in their master - ie throw everything away and go back to origin/master, in which case, do this:

git reset --hard origin/master

answered 4 years ago CodeWizard #14

Before answering let's add some background, explaining what this HEAD is.

First of all what is HEAD?

HEAD is simply a reference to the current commit (latest) on the current branch. There can only be a single HEAD at any given time (excluding git worktree).

The content of HEAD is stored inside .git/HEAD, and it contains the 40 bytes SHA-1 of the current commit.

detached HEAD

If you are not on the latest commit - meaning that HEAD is pointing to a prior commit in history it's called detached HEAD.

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On the command line it will look like this - SHA-1 instead of the branch name since the HEAD is not pointing to the the tip of the current branch:

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A few options on how to recover from a detached HEAD:

git checkout

git checkout <commit_id>
git checkout -b <new branch> <commit_id>
git checkout HEAD~X // x is the number of commits t go back

This will checkout new branch pointing to the desired commit. This command will checkout to a given commit.

At this point you can create a branch and start to work from this point on:

# Checkout a given commit.
# Doing so will result in a `detached HEAD` which mean that the `HEAD`
# is not pointing to the latest so you will need to checkout branch
# in order to be able to update the code.
git checkout <commit-id>

# Create a new branch forked to the given commit
git checkout -b <branch name>

git reflog

You can always use the reflog as well. git reflog will display any change which updated the HEAD and checking out the desired reflog entry will set the HEAD back to this commit.

Every time the HEAD is modified there will be a new entry in the reflog

git reflog
git checkout [email protected]{...}

This will get you back to your desired commit

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git reset HEAD --hard <commit_id>

"Move" your head back to the desired commit.

# This will destroy any local modifications.
# Don't do it if you have uncommitted work you want to keep.
git reset --hard 0d1d7fc32

# Alternatively, if there's work to keep:
git stash
git reset --hard 0d1d7fc32
git stash pop
# This saves the modifications, then reapplies that patch after resetting.
# You could get merge conflicts, if you've modified things which were
# changed since the commit you reset to.
  • Note: (Since Git 2.7) you can also use the git rebase --no-autostash as well.

This schema illustrates which command does what. As you can see there reset && checkout modify the HEAD.

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answered 4 years ago Demodave #15

I couldn't revert mine manually for some reason so here is how I ended up doing it.

  1. Checked out the branch I wanted to have, copied it.
  2. Checked out the latest branch.
  3. Copied the contents from the branch I wanted to the latest branch's directory overwriting the changes and committing that.

answered 4 years ago mike rodent #16

If the situation is an urgent one, and you just want to do what the questioner asked in a quick and dirty way, assuming your project is under directory "my project":

  1. Copy the whole directory and call it something else, like "my project - copy"

  2. Do:

    git reset --hard [first-4-letters&numbers-of-commit's-SHA]

You then have two versions on your system... you can examine or copy or modify files of interest, or whatever, from the previous commit. You can completely discard the files under "my project - copy", if you have decided the new work was going nowhere...

The obvious thing if you want to carry on with the state of the project without actually discarding the work since this retrieved commit is to rename your directory again: Delete the project containing the retrieved commit (or give it a temporary name) and rename your "my project - copy" directory back to "my project". Then probably do another commit fairly soon.

Git is a brilliant creation but you can't just "pick it up on the fly": also people who try to explain it far too often assume prior knowledge of other VCS [Version Control Systems] and delve far too deep far too soon, and commit other crimes, like using interchangeable terms for "checking out" - in ways which sometimes appear almost calculated to confuse a beginner.

To save yourself much stress you have to pretty much have to read a book on Git - I'd recommend "Version Control with Git". And if you can trust me (or rather my scars) when I say "have to", it follows that you might as well do it NOW. Much of the complexity of Git comes from branching and then remerging. But from your question there's no reason why people should be blinding you with science.

Especially if, for example, this is a desperate situation and you're a newbie with Git!

PS: One other thought: It is (now) actually quite simple to keep the Git repository ("repo") in a directory other than the one with the working files. This would mean you would not have to copy the entire Git repository using the above quick & dirty solution. See the answer by Fryer using --separate-git-dir here. Be warned, though: If you have a "separate-directory" repository which you don't copy, and you do a hard reset, all versions subsequent to the reset commit will be lost forever, unless you have, as you absolutely should, regularly backed up your repository, preferably to the cloud (e.g. Google Drive) among other places.

answered 3 years ago Upul Doluweera #17

If you want to correct some error in the last commit a good alternative would be using git commit --amend command. If the last commit is not pointed by any reference, this will do the trick, as it create a commit with the same parent as the last commit. If there is no reference to the last commit, it will simply be discarded and this commit will be the last commit. This is a good way of correcting commits without reverting commits. However it has its own limitations.

answered 3 years ago Vishnu Atrai #18

To keep the changes from the previous commit to HEAD and move to the previous commit, do:

git reset <SHA>

If changes are not required from the previous commit to HEAD and just discard all changes, do:

git reset --hard <SHA>

answered 3 years ago Sireesh Yarlagadda #19

Revert is the command to rollback the commits.

git revert <commit1> <commit2> 


git revert 2h3h23233

It is capable of taking range from the HEAD like below. Here 1 says "revert last commit."

git revert HEAD~1..HEAD

and then do git push

answered 3 years ago Chris Moschini #20

To completely clean a coder's directory up from some accidental changes, we used:

git add -A .
git reset --hard HEAD

Just git reset --hard HEAD will get rid of modifications, but it won't get rid of "new" files. In their case they'd accidentally dragged an important folder somewhere random, and all those files were being treated as new by Git, so a reset --hard didn't fix it. By running the git add -A . beforehand, it explicitly tracked them all with git, to be wiped out by the reset.

answered 3 years ago Aif #21

Yet another simplest solution; you have to change branch to do this, but afterwards you can just run:

git branch -f <<branchname>> 0d1d7fc32e5a947fbd92ee598033d85bfc445a50

answered 3 years ago Paul Walczewski #22

Here is a much simpler way to go back to a previous commit (and have it in an uncommited state, to do with it whatever you like):

git reset HEAD~1

So, no need for commit ids and so on :)

answered 2 years ago Point Networks #23

This is one more way to directly reset to a recent commit

git stash
git stash clear

It directly clears all the changes that you have been making since the last commit.

PS: It has a little problem; it also deletes all you recently stored stash changes. Which I guess in most cases should not matter.

answered 2 years ago markreyes #24

Assuming you're talking about master and on that respective branch (that said, this could be any working branch you're concerned with):

# Revert local master branch to November 3rd commit ID
git reset --hard 0d1d7fc32e5a947fbd92ee598033d85bfc445a50

# Revert remote master branch to November 3rd commit ID
git push -f origin 0d1d7fc32e5a947fbd92ee598033d85bfc445a50:master

I found the answer from in blog post Delete remote Git repo to specific commit.

answered 2 years ago Mohammed Irfan Tirupattur #25

Revert to most recent commit and ignoring all local changes:

git reset --hard HEAD

answered 2 years ago Sérgio #26

git reflog

Choose the number of the HEAD(s) of git reflog, where you want revert to and do (for this example I choose the 12):

git reset [email protected]{12} --hard

answered 2 years ago Jagraj Singh #27

For rollback (or to revert):

  1. git revert --no-commit "commit-code-to-remove" HEAD (e.g. git revert --no-commit d57a39d HEAD)
  2. git commit
  3. git push

Try above two steps, and if you find this is what you want then git push.

If you find something wrong do:

git revert --abort

answered 2 years ago George Ninan #28

As your commits are pushed remotely, you need to remove them. Let me assume your branch is develop and it is pushed over origin.

You first need to remove develop from origin:

git push origin :develop (note the colon)

Then you need to get develop to the status you want, let me assume the commit hash is EFGHIJK:

git reset --hard EFGHIJK

Lastly, push develop again:

git push origin develop

answered 2 years ago Nanhe Kumar #29

You can complete all these initial steps yourself and push back to git repo.

  1. Pull the latest version of your repository from Bitbucket using the git pull --all command.

  2. Run the git log command with -n 4 from your terminal. The number after the -n determines the number of commits in the log starting from the most recent commit in your local history.

    $ git log -n 4

  3. Reset the head of your repository's history using the git reset --hard HEAD~N where N is the number of commits you want to take the head back. In the following example the head would be set back one commit, to the last commit in the repository history:

  4. Push the change to git repo using git push --force to force push the change.

If you want git repository to a previous commit

git pull --all
git reset --hard HEAD~1
git push --force

answered 1 year ago Luca C. #30

First, get the string that identify the commit in some date, doing:

git rev-list -n 1 --before="2009-07-27 13:37" origin/master

it prints the commit identifier, take the string (for instance XXXX) and do:

git checkout XXXX

answered 1 year ago optimistanoop #31

Try resetting to the desired commit -

git reset <COMMIT_ID>

(to check COMMIT_ID use git log)

This will reset all changed files to un-added state.

Now you can checkout all un-added files by

git checkout .

Check git log to verify your changes.


If you have one and only commit in your repo, try

git update-ref -d HEAD

answered 1 year ago Marcin Szymczak #32

It can be done much easier with SourceTree. Just right click commit you are looking for and chose 'Checkout' from menu.

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answered 1 year ago Alireza #33

OK, going back to previous commit in git is quite easy...

Revert back without keeping the changes:

git reset --hard <commit>

Revert back with keeping the changes:

git reset --soft <commit>

Explain: using git reset, you can reset to a specific state, it's common using it with a commit hash as you see above.

But as you see the difference is using the two flags --soft and --hard, by default git reset using --soft flag, but it's a good practice always using the flag, I explain each flags:


The default flag as explained, not need to provide it, does not change the working tree, but add all changes files ready to commit, so you go back to the commit status which changes to files get unstaged.


Be careful with this flag, it resets the working tree and all changes to tracked files and all will be gone!

I also created the image below that may happens in a real life working with git:

git reset to a commit

answered 11 months ago joseph #34

If you want to temporarily revert changes because

  • someone committed code that its breaking the build or breaking the functionality you're working on

You can search for the last working commit using git log then run

git rebase --onto <commitId>

When the remote branch is working again, you can

git pull --rebase

This method is better than git checkout for temporary changes, because you're not in a detached state.

answered 10 months ago jgmjgm #35

The least complicated way to revert a branch to any particular commit where you can't change the history I have found is to:

  1. checkout the commit or branch your wish to revert from.
  2. Edit .git/HEAD and change the ref to the branch you which to revert to.

Such as:

echo 'ref: refs/heads/example' > .git/HEAD

If you then do git status, you should see all the changes between the branch you're on and the one you wish to revert to.

If everything looks good you can commit. You can also use git diff revert..example to ensure that it's the same.

answered 9 months ago maytham-ɯɐɥʇʎɐɯ #36

Caution! This command can cause losing commit history, if user put the wrong commit mistakenly. Always have en extra backup of your git some where else just in case if you do mistakes, than you are a bit safer. :)

I have had similar issue and wanted to revert back to earlier Commit. In my case I was not intetessered to keep newer commit hence I used Hard.

This is how I did it:

git reset --hard CommitId && git clean -f

This will revert on local repository, here after using git push -f will update remote repository.

git push -f

answered 8 months ago serdarsenay #37

Nothing here worked for me apart from this exact combination:

git reset --hard <commit_hash>
git push origin <branch_name> --force

Key here is forcing the push, no extra commits/commit messages etc.

answered 6 months ago Angelo Polotto #38

On GitKraken you can do this:

  1. Right click on the commit that you want to reset, choose: Reset to this commit/Hard:

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  1. Right click on the commit again, choose: Current branch name/Push:

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  1. Click on the Force Push:

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Obs.: You need to be care because all the commit history after the hard reset are lost and this action is irreversible. You need to be sure what you doing.

answered 2 months ago Lyes CHIOUKH #39

Revert Most Recent Commit :

git reset --hard HEAD

HEAD is simply a reference to the current commit (latest) on the current branch. There can only be a single HEAD at any given time.

Revert to an Older Commit : The fastest way to restore an old version is to use the reset command:

# Resets index to former commit
git reset 56e05fced 

# Moves pointer back to previous HEAD
git reset --soft [email protected]{1}

# Updates working copy to reflect the new commit
git reset --hard

This will rewind your HEAD branch to the specified version. All commits that came after this version are effectively undone; your project is exactly as it was at that point in time.

The reset command comes with a couple of options, one of the more interesting ones being the --soft flag. If you use it instead of --hard, Git will keep all the changes in those "undone" commits as local modifications.

Restoring a Revision in a New Local Branch

As said, using the reset command on your HEAD branch is a quite drastic action: it will remove any commits (on this branch) that came after the specified revision. If you're sure that this is what you want, everything is fine.

However, there is also a safer way in case you'd prefer leaving your current HEAD branch untouched. Since "branches" are so cheap and easy in Git, we can easily create a new branch which starts at that old revision:

git checkout -b old-project-state 0ad5a7a6

Normally, the checkout command is used to just switch branches. However, providing the -b parameter, you can also let it create a new branch (named old-project-state in this example). If you don't want it to start at the current HEAD revision, you also need to provide a commit hash - the old project revision we want to restore.

You now have a new branch named old-project-state reflecting the old version of your project - without touching or even removing any other commits or branches.

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