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 sample workflow

  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