6/14/2020 Michael Washington

Changing The Git Default Branch from Master to Main


As Scott Hanselman points out in his blog post:

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) points out that "Master-slave is an oppressive metaphor that will and should never become fully detached from history" as well as "In addition to being inappropriate and arcane, the master-slave metaphor is both technically and historically inaccurate.

You may not agree with this, but since Blazor-Blogs is *my* project we are 100% Black Lives Matter, and we are making the change Smile

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The first step was to open the GitHub connected project in Visual Studio.

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Select Tools, then Command Line, then Developer Command Prompt.

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Following the directions from Scott’s Blog, enter:

git branch -m master main

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Then enter:

git push -u origin main

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The system with think for a moment then display a link and suggest I make a pull request.

I don’t need to do this.

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I go to the site on GitHub and I now see I have 2 branches.

I click on the branches link to navigate to them.

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I see that I now have a main branch, and a master branch that is the Default branch and a button to change it.

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I can then switch the Default branch from master to main.

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Yes, I understand making this change makes me a bleeding heart liberal… Smile

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I can now return to the main page of the GitHub repository and click on the branches link again.

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The main branch is now the Default branch.

I can click the delete button to remove the old master branch.

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