Create and Checkout a Branch in Git

September 28th, 2019

Often it is useful to create a new branch when you want to commit features or fix bugs. Follow the easy instructions below to create and checkout a branch in Git.

Two Simple Choices

There are a couple of straightforward ways to create a new branch in Git. The first method requires two steps, using the git branch and git checkout commands. The second method combines git checkout with -b into a single step.

Option 1

Branch and checkout in two steps with git branch and git checkout.

$ git branch 
$ git checkout 

Option 2

Branch and checkout in one step with git checkout and -b.

$ git checkout -b 

Tip! Don’t forget to check you are on the correct branch.