Git: Reset Head to a Commit

Mi Guoliang

When you want to go back to a specific commit in both local and remote branches, you can use git log to list recent commits, and use git reset --hard <commit sha256> to reset the head to the commit you want to go back, and use git push -f to push your changes to the remote forcely.

For example:

  1. List recent commits

     $ git log
     commit 61176897cc44c898aa97c05b08b08f048688a2ce (HEAD -> master)
     Author: 米国梁 <nothingmi@muchencute.com>
     Date:   Wed Jan 22 21:23:21 2020 +0800
    
         update post
    
     commit ce0381e46fd85b3180e6cc2cf86989258451adf7
     Author: 米国梁 <nothingmi@muchencute.com>
     Date:   Mon Jan 20 19:15:11 2020 +0800
    
         post: How to bind the value of an option tag correctly in Angular
    
     commit 661f28fca479fb7f2f7c75b68301ff595d63235a
     Author: 米国梁 <nothingmi@muchencute.com>
     Date:   Fri Jan 3 13:52:42 2020 +0800
    
         update dates
    
  2. Reset the head

    $ git reset --hard ce0381e46fd85b3180e6cc2cf86989258451adf7
    HEAD is now at ce0381e update post
    
  3. Push to the remote

     git push -f
    

Conclusion

To reset the head hardly is a danger operation, it will make commits after the commit you want to rollback to detached from the branch, so you should be careful to do this.

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