Rewriting Git history

Deleting the .git folder may cause problems in your git repository. If you want to delete all your commit history but keep the code in its current state, it is very safe to do it as in the following:

  1. Checkout git checkout --orphan latest_branch
  2. Add all the files git add -A
  3. Commit the changes git commit -am "commit message"
  4. Delete the branch git branch -D master
  5. Rename the current branch to master git branch -m master
  6. Finally, force update your repository git push -f origin master

PS: this will not keep your old commit history around

By Dennis Otugo

Dennis Otugo is a Consultant at Bantrain, and loves all things DevOps. In his role, he enables enterprise customers in their digital transformation journey and helps architect cloud-native solutions