Git rebase VS git merge

Jimmy (xiaoke) Shen
1 min readAug 26, 2020


If you have your own branch and the master branch is updated. How to update the master branch’s update to your own branch?

Git merge

git checkout -b newbranch #use this one if you don't have the newbranch before
git checkout newbranch
git merge origin/master
git push origin newbranch

Git rebase

git checkout newbranch
git fetch
git rebase origin/master
git push origin newbranch

If you have conflict after rebase, you need resolve those conflicts manually on terminal one by one. After that, when you type

git rebase --continue

And there is no error message, you can run the following to force push

git push -f origin <you_branch_name>

The difference between merge and rebase

It can be shown from the nice illustration below[2].

Image source [2]

Rebase master and force push to feature branch

A nice discussion can be found in [3].







Jimmy (xiaoke) Shen

Data Scientist/MLE/SWE @takemobi