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Oleg Chursin
Oleg Chursin

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How to squash Git commits

A really quick step-by-step guide on how to squash Git commits to make your PRs concise, easy to read, and hence easy to review.


  • Make sure your branch is up to date with the main branch.
  • Run git rebase -i main.
  • You should see a list of commits, each commit starting with the word "pick".
  • Make sure the first commit says "pick" and change the rest from "pick" to "squash". -- This will squash each commit into the previous commit, which will continue until every commit is squashed into the first commit.
  • Save and close the editor (press Esc key, type :w and hit Enter key) -- save a file and quit vim / Vi by pressing Esc key, type :x and hit Enter key.
  • It will give you the opportunity to change the commit message.
  • Save and close the editor again.
  • Force push the squashed commit: git push --force-with-lease origin.

GitHub gist of the steps above

Top comments (2)

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Shankar Sridhar

After making sure your branch is up to date with the remote(origin) master branch, you can also try this:

git reset --soft origin/master

This will let you add all the changes into a single commit.

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Oleg Chursin

This looks like a nice short-cut if you need all changes in a single commit. ty Shankar

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