Help: branch

hg branch [-fC] [NAME]

set or show the current branch name


Branch names are permanent and global. Use 'hg bookmark' to create a light-weight bookmark instead. See 'hg help glossary' for more information about named branches and bookmarks.

With no argument, show the current branch name. With one argument, set the working directory branch name (the branch will not exist in the repository until the next commit). Standard practice recommends that primary development take place on the 'default' branch.

Unless -f/--force is specified, branch will not let you set a branch name that already exists.

Use -C/--clean to reset the working directory branch to that of the parent of the working directory, negating a previous branch change.

Use the command 'hg update' to switch to an existing branch. Use 'hg commit --close-branch' to mark this branch head as closed. When all heads of a branch are closed, the branch will be considered closed.

Returns 0 on success.


-f --force set branch name even if it shadows an existing branch
-C --clean reset branch name to parent branch name

global options ([+] can be repeated):

-R --repository REPO repository root directory or name of overlay bundle file
--cwd DIR change working directory
-y --noninteractive do not prompt, automatically pick the first choice for all prompts
-q --quiet suppress output
-v --verbose enable additional output
--color TYPE when to colorize (boolean, always, auto, never, or debug)
--config CONFIG [+] set/override config option (use '')
--debug enable debugging output
--debugger start debugger
--encoding ENCODE set the charset encoding (default: UTF-8)
--encodingmode MODE set the charset encoding mode (default: strict)
--traceback always print a traceback on exception
--time time how long the command takes
--profile print command execution profile
--version output version information and exit
-h --help display help and exit
--hidden consider hidden changesets
--pager TYPE when to paginate (boolean, always, auto, or never) (default: auto)