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Git tags cheat sheet


In this post, I’ll list a couple of git commands that I found useful when cleaning up an unstructured git tag history. The post is primarily meant for future reference, but if you find it useful, that’s great.

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List local tags with a certain name prefix/suffix

To list local tags with a certain name prefix or suffix, run the following Terminal commands:

git tag -l "<PREFIX>*"
git tag -l "*-<SUFFIX>"

List remote tags with a certain name prefix/suffix

To list remote tags with a certain name prefix or suffix, run the following Terminal commands:

git ls-remote --tags <REMOTE> | grep "<PREFIX>-.*[^}]$" | cut -f 2
git ls-remote --tags <REMOTE> | grep "\<SUFFIX>.*[^}]$" | cut -f 2

Delete local tags with a certain name prefix/suffix

To delete local tags with a certain name prefix or suffix, run the following Terminal commands:

git tag -d $(git tag -l "PREFIX-*") 
git tag -d $(git tag -l "*-<SUFFIX>")

Delete remote tags with a certain name prefix/suffix

To delete remote tags with a certain name prefix or suffix, run the following Terminal commands:

git push <REMOTE> --delete $(git ls-remote --tags <REMOTE> | grep "<PREFIX>.*[^}]$" | cut -f 2)
git push <REMOTE> --delete $(git ls-remote --tags <REMOTE> | grep "\<SUFFIX>$" | cut -f 2)

Conclusion

There’s really nothing to conclude, but I hope you find these commands useful. I may return to this post and add new commands later, if I find new ones worth remembering.

If you have some commands that you think are worth sharing, feel free to share!