How can I remove a commit on GitHub?

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I "accidentally" pushed a commit to GitHub.

Is it possible to remove this commit?

I want to revert my GitHub repository as it was before this commit.



answered 10 years ago Can Berk Güder #1

Note: please see alternative to git rebase -i in the comments below—

git reset --soft HEAD^

First, remove the commit on your local repository. You can do this using git rebase -i. For example, if it's your last commit, you can do git rebase -i HEAD~2 and delete the second line within the editor window that pops up.

Then, force push to GitHub by using git push origin +branchName

See Git Magic Chapter 5: Lessons of History - And Then Some for more information (i.e. if you want to remove older commits).

Oh, and if your working tree is dirty, you have to do a git stash first, and then a git stash apply after.

answered 10 years ago Dustin #2

git push -f origin HEAD^:master

That should "undo" the push.

answered 7 years ago subutux #3

You'll need to clear out your cache to have it completely wiped. this help page from git will help you out. (it helped me)

answered 5 years ago Jyoti Prakash #4

Use git revert for reverting your push.

git-revert - Revert some existing commits

git revert [--edit | --no-edit] [-n] [-m parent-number] [-s] <commit>...
git revert --continue
git revert --quit
git revert --abort

Revert the changes that the related patches introduce, and record some new commits that record them. This requires your working tree to be clean (no modifications from the HEAD commit).

answered 4 years ago CodeWalrus #5

For an easy revert if it's just a mistake (perhaps you forked a repo, then ended up pushing to the original instead of to a new one) here's another possibility:

git reset --hard 71c27777543ccfcb0376dcdd8f6777df055ef479

Obviously swap in that number for the number of the commit you want to return to.

Everything since then will be deleted once you push again. To do that, the next step would be:

git push --force

answered 4 years ago Carlos Mafla #6

To preserve the branching and merging structure is important to use the --preserve-merges option when doing the rebase:

git rebase --preserve-merges -i HEAD^^

answered 4 years ago vivek_ganesan #7

It is not very good to re-write the history. If we use git revert <commit_id>, it creates a clean reverse-commit of the said commit id.

This way, the history is not re-written, instead, everyone knows that there has been a revert.

answered 3 years ago orb #8

Find the ref spec of the commit you want to be the head of your branch on Github and use the following command:

git push origin +[ref]:[branchName]

In your case, if you just want to go back one commit, find the beginning of the ref for that commit, say for example it is 7f6d03, and the name of the branch you want to change, say for example it is master, and do the following:

git push origin +7f6d03:master

The plus character is interpreted as --force, which will be necessary since you are rewriting history.

Note that any time you --force a commit you could potentially rewrite other peoples' history who merge your branch. However, if you catch the problem quickly (before anyone else merges your branch), you won't have any issues.

answered 3 years ago Chirag Thakar #9

Add/remove files to get things the way you want:

git rm classdir
git add sourcedir

Then amend the commit:

git commit --amend

The previous, erroneous commit will be edited to reflect the new index state - in other words, it'll be like you never made the mistake in the first place

Note that you should only do this if you haven't pushed yet. If you have pushed, then you'll just have to commit a fix normally.

answered 3 years ago Деян Добромиров #10

Save your local changes first somewhere on the side ( backup )

You can browse your recent commits, then select a commit hash by clicking on "Copy the full SHA" button to send it to the clipboard.

If your last commit hash is, let's say g0834hg304gh3084gh ( for example )

You have to run:

git push origin +g0834hg304gh3084gh:master

Using the hash that you've copied earlier to make it the "HEAD" revision.

Add your desired local changes. Done ;)

answered 3 years ago kate #11

  1. git log to find out the commit you want to revert

  2. git push origin +7f6d03:master while 7f6d03 is the commit before the wrongly pushed commit. + was for force push

And that's it.

Here is a very good guide that solves your problem, easy and simple!

answered 2 years ago Hilen #12

1. git reset HEAD^ --hard
2. git push origin -f

This work for me.

answered 2 years ago Benny Neugebauer #13

You need to know your commit hash from the commit you want to revert to. You can get it from a GitHub URL like:

Let's say the hash from the commit (where you want to go back to) is "99fb454" (long version "99fb45413eb9ca4b3063e07b40402b136a8cf264"), then all you have to do is:

git reset --hard 99fb45413eb9ca4b3063e07b40402b136a8cf264
git push --force

answered 2 years ago goncalopp #14

If you are doing this because you have sensitive data in a commit, using the other answers here is not safe (excepting subutux's, which I'll expand on).

The github guide on this recommends using a external tool, but I prefer using the built-in one.

Firstly, make a backup of your repository. Then:

git filter-branch --force --index-filter \
'git rm --cached --ignore-unmatch PATH-TO-YOUR-FILE-WITH-SENSITIVE-DATA' \
--prune-empty --tag-name-filter cat -- --all

After this, make sure the repository is in the state you want. You might want to diff against the backup.

If you're sure it's correct, then:

#get rid of old unreferenced commits (including the data you want to remove)
git gc --prune=now
git push origin --force --all

You might want to keep the local backup for a while, just in case.

answered 2 years ago Kent Aguilar #15

Run this command on your terminal.

git reset HEAD~n

You can remove the last n commits from local repo e.g. HEAD~2. Proceed with force git push on your repository.

git push -f origin <branch>

Hope this helps!

answered 2 years ago george mano #16

To delete the commit from the remote repository:

 git push -f origin last_known_good_commit:branch_name

In order delete the commit from your local repository:

git reset --hard HEAD~1


answered 1 year ago Loukan ElKadi #17

In case you like to keep the commit changes after deletion:

Note that this solution works if the commit to be removed is the last committed one.

1 - Copy the commit reference you like to go back to from the log:

git log

2 - Reset git to the commit reference:

 git reset <commit_ref>

3 - Stash/store the local changes from the wrong commit to use later after pushing to remote:

 git stash

4 - Push the changes to remote repository, (-f or --force):

git push -f

5 - Get back the stored changes to local repository:

git stash apply

7 - In case you have untracked/new files in the changes, you need to add them to git before committing:

git add .

6 - Add whatever extra changes you need, then commit the needed files, (or use a dot '.' instead of stating each file name, to commit all files in the local repository:

git commit -m "<new_commit_message>" <file1> <file2> ...


git commit -m "<new_commit_message>" .

answered 1 year ago M_R_K #18

For GitHub - Reset your commits (HARD) in your local repo and create a new branch. Push new . Delete OLD branch. (Make new one as the default branch if you are deleting the master branch)

answered 11 months ago Mohideen ibn Mohammed #19

if you want to remove do interactive rebase,

git rebase -i HEAD~4

4 represents total number of commits to display count your commit andchange it accordingly

and delete commit you want from list...

save changes by Ctrl+X(ubuntu) or :wq(centos)

2nd method, do revert,

git revert 29f4a2 #your commit ID

this will revert specific commit

answered 11 months ago Ekambaram E #20

Delete the most recent commit, keeping the work you've done:

git reset --soft HEAD~1

Delete the most recent commit, destroying the work you've done:

git reset --hard HEAD~1

answered 3 months ago Keith #21

In GitHub Desktop you can just right click the commit and revert it, which will create a new commit that undoes the changes.

The accidental commit will still be in your history (which may be an issue if, for instance, you've accidentally commited an API key or password) but the code will be reverted.

This is the simplest and easiest option, the accepted answer is more comprehensive.

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