Git Stash

We use git stash to store our changes when they are not ready to be committed and we need to change to a different branch.

  • Stash:

      git stash save
      # or
      git stash
      # or with a message
      git stash save "this is a message to display on the list"
  • Apply stash to keep working on it:

      git stash apply
      # or apply a specific one from out stack
      git stash apply stash@{3}

  • Every time we save a stash it gets stacked so by using list we can see all our stashes.

      git stash list
      # or for more information (log methods)
      git stash list --stat
  • To clean our stack we need to manually remove them:

      # drop top stash
      git stash drop
      # or
      git stash drop <name>
      # to clear all history we can use
      git stash clear

  • Apply and drop on one command:

        git stash pop
  • If we meet conflicts we need to either reset or commit our changes.
  • Conflicts through pop will not drop a stash afterwards.

Git Stash

  1. Modify a file
  2. Stage file
  3. Stash it
  4. View our stash list
  5. Confirm no pending changes through status
  6. Apply with pop
  7. View list to confirm changes


# Modify edit_this_file.rb file
git add .

git stash save "Saving changes from edit this file"

git stash list
git status

git stash pop
git stash list
git status