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Maria M.
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Git Branch Naming Strategies

Good branch naming in Git is essential for effective project management. This post explores the types of branches in Git and offers tips for naming them effectively.

1. Main Branches

  • main or master: This is the main branch where the source code reflects the current production state.
  • develop or dev: In some workflows, especially in Git Flow, a separate development branch is used to accumulate features before passing them to main.

2. Feature Branches (Feature Branches)

These branches are used to develop new features or changes in the code. They are usually named in a way that reflects the feature or work being done. For example:

  • feature/login-authentication
  • feature/new-ui-layout
  • feature/add-user-profile

3. Bug Fix Branches (Bugfix Branches)

For error correction, branches can follow a pattern similar to feature branches but highlighting that they are focused on corrections. For example:

  • bugfix/login-error
  • bugfix/missing-icons
  • bugfix/404-page-not-found

4. Release Branches (Release Branches)

Used to prepare releases, these branches are often named according to the version of the release. For example:

  • release/v1.2.0
  • release/v1.2.1

5. Maintenance or Patch Branches (Hotfix Branches)

For urgent changes that need to be deployed quickly in production, maintenance or patch branches are used:

  • hotfix/critical-login-issue
  • hotfix/payment-processing-error

6. Personal or Experimental Branches

Developers sometimes create branches for experimental work or testing, and these can carry more personal or descriptive names of the experiment:

  • experiment/new-framework-test
  • john/prototype-new-feature

Good Practices

  • Keep branch names short but descriptive.
  • Use hyphens to separate words.
  • Avoid special characters or spaces.
  • Include a task or ticket identifier if a tracking system is used (for example, feature/JIRA-123-add-login).

Properly naming branches in Git is key to the clarity and efficiency of the project. These tips will help your team stay organized and collaborate more effectively.

Top comments (2)

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Lukas Berbuer

Great summary! I tend to use the naming from convential commits which is very similar:

  • feat/login-authentication
  • bugfix/login-error
  • ...
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Corvo Developer

Appreciate the insights!