Git Flow and removing remote branches

We use Git Flow as our VCS process, which means that we develop on feature branches and merge those branches back into the master branch as part of our code review. It’s useful to delete these branches as they’re merged, because then anyone can see what is being worked on or needs code review by listing remote branches without being distracted by old branches. However, it’s easy for a reviewer to forget to delete the branches when they do the merge. These Git commands delete old branches that have already been merged with the “master” branch:

Delete local branches:

git branch –merged master | grep -v master | xargs -n1 git branch -d

Remove local tracking branches of remote branches that have already gone:

git prune

Remove remote branches that have been merged:

git branch -r –merged master | sed “s#origin/##” | grep -v master | xargs -n1 git push origin –delete

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