This post takes a look at Git cherry-pick. We’ll cherry pick a commit from one branch to another.
The Git cherry-pick documentation explains cherry picking as:
Apply changes introduced by some existing commits.
Given one or more existing commits, apply the change each one introduces, recording a new commit for each. This requires your working tree to be clean (no modifications from the HEAD commit).
1. Git cherry-pick
Lets start with a cherry pick. I have a branch called
feature/my-feature in a repo called a-repo-for-testpurposes. In that branch I have to commits called
the second change and
the first change. I want to cherry pick the commit called
the first change into
The commit hash of
the first change is
ea6128347797b9c268d95257ef17cb6ac0baaaab (you can find it by using
git log). I’ve checked out master and ready to cherry pick by using this command:
By providing -x we get a message appended to the commit that says this commit was cherry picked:
This creates a new commit with the changes from the cherry picked commit. If the changes introduced a merge conflict you must fix that first.
2. Merging the branch containing already cherry picked commits
Since the cherry pick above is a new commit, and not a merged commit from our feature-branch. We could get a conflict when merging the whole branch back to master. Which needs to be fixed before the merge can complete.