How can I remove a commit on GitHub?


I "accidentally" pushed a commit to GitHub.

Is it possible to remove this commit?

I want to revert my GitHub repository as it was before this commit.

12/28/2018 5:01:28 PM

Accepted Answer

Note: please see alternative to git rebase -i in the comments below—

git reset --soft HEAD^

First, remove the commit on your local repository. You can do this using git rebase -i. For example, if it's your last commit, you can do git rebase -i HEAD~2 and delete the second line within the editor window that pops up.

Then, force push to GitHub by using git push origin +branchName --force

See Git Magic Chapter 5: Lessons of History - And Then Some for more information (i.e. if you want to remove older commits).

Oh, and if your working tree is dirty, you have to do a git stash first, and then a git stash apply after.

6/20/2020 9:12:55 AM

For an easy revert if it's just a mistake (perhaps you forked a repo, then ended up pushing to the original instead of to a new one) here's another possibility:

git reset --hard 71c27777543ccfcb0376dcdd8f6777df055ef479

Obviously swap in that number for the number of the commit you want to return to.

Everything since then will be deleted once you push again. To do that, the next step would be:

git push --force

  1. git log to find out the commit you want to revert

  2. git push origin +7f6d03:master while 7f6d03 is the commit before the wrongly pushed commit. + was for force push

And that's it.

Here is a very good guide that solves your problem, easy and simple!


In case you like to keep the commit changes after deletion:

Note that this solution works if the commit to be removed is the last committed one.

1 - Copy the commit reference you like to go back to from the log:

git log

2 - Reset git to the commit reference:

 git reset <commit_ref>

3 - Stash/store the local changes from the wrong commit to use later after pushing to remote:

 git stash

4 - Push the changes to remote repository, (-f or --force):

git push -f

5 - Get back the stored changes to local repository:

git stash apply

7 - In case you have untracked/new files in the changes, you need to add them to git before committing:

git add .

6 - Add whatever extra changes you need, then commit the needed files, (or use a dot '.' instead of stating each file name, to commit all files in the local repository:

git commit -m "<new_commit_message>" <file1> <file2> ...


git commit -m "<new_commit_message>" .

You'll need to clear out your cache to have it completely wiped. this help page from git will help you out. (it helped me)


Use git revert for reverting your push.

git-revert - Revert some existing commits

git revert [--edit | --no-edit] [-n] [-m parent-number] [-s] <commit>...
git revert --continue
git revert --quit
git revert --abort

Revert the changes that the related patches introduce, and record some new commits that record them. This requires your working tree to be clean (no modifications from the HEAD commit).


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