Delete all git branches except master

git branch | grep -v "master" | sed 's/^[ *]*//' | sed 's/^/git branch -D /' | bash
Delete all your branches except master (useful after archiving branches)
Sample Output
Deleted branch testbranch (was d15d722).

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By: Trindaz
2015-01-31 00:29:32

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Hmm... In the middle sed you filter out * (meaning the current branch). If you don't checkout master first, deleting the current branch will fail. That said, you can simplify the command using sed only: git checkout master; git branch | sed -e '/master/d' -e 's/^/git branch -D /' | bash
flatcap · 173 weeks and 1 day ago
If you keep your command as is I'd replace the grep for 'master' with an egrep matching the full word 'master.' Otherwise, all of the following valid branch names that contain 'master' will also be excluded along with 'master': mastermind masterpiece master-of-puppets whos-the-master-SHO-NUFF etc. git branch | egrep -v ^master$ | sed 's/^[ *]*//' | sed 's/^/git branch -D /' | bash Having said that, flatcap has a better suggestion.
dmengelt · 172 weeks and 4 days ago

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