hg branch

set or show the current branch name



hg branch [-fC] [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
-r, --rev <VALUE[+]>
 change branches of the given revs (EXPERIMENTAL)

[+] marked option can be specified multiple times