March 10, 2022

Git remove a specific commit(s) from history

 Hi all,

This blog post will let you know about the process of removing the git commit from git history.

Sample Git log

> git log 

38384b3 initial commit

f96751b UI changes

2154131 file added

bf9b9c1 Logic corrections

3e75ab7 Bug fix -> (HEAD)

Use case

Remove the commit "file added"


  • Rebase in interaction mode one commit above which we want to remove.

> git rebase -i f96751b

  • All the commits up to the specified commit will be listed in an order with the prefix "pick". Along with commit messages, the useful commands are available like below.

pick = use commit

reword = use commit, but edit the commit message

edit = use commit, but stop for amending

squash = use commit, but meld into previous commit

fixup = like "squash", but discard this commit's log message

exec = run command (the rest of the line) using shell

drop = remove commit

  • Delete the unwanted commits from the file
    • Press 'd' twice to delete line (in case of vi editor)
  • Save and quit the editor
    • esc -> :wq (in case of vi editor)
  • If there are any merge conflicts, resolve it and perform rebase continue
    • > git rebase --continue
  • Once all the merges are completed, perform the push operation
    • > git push --force-with-lease origin
Hope this helps you make sure, you have clean git history.

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