Search git branch names using command line

December 15, 2017

Looking for a particular branch, and git branch -a returns a LOT of branches?
If on Windows, you could use the Search feature in cmder (you’re using cmder, right?)

Or on mac, cmd+f and then search the outputted text…

OR you could use one of these two approaches:

git branch takes a --list argument , which in turn takes a search arg.

git branch -a --list *something*

Will return only the branches containing the word “something” (note the wildcard character)

The alternative, if in bash / bash compatible terminal (git bash / cmder etc… on Windows – normal Command Prompt won’t work – unless you’ve got bash extensions installed) is to pipe the result to grep:

git branch -a | grep something

Both methods here will yield the same results.

Side note:
-a shows all local and remote branches
-r shows only remote branches


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