In a previous post I talked about updating git repositories to use
main instead of
master: renaming git master branch to use main.
Since then, the folks who help manage git released version 2.28 which allows you to set your own default git repository name, which means you no longer have to use
master by default anymore.
It’s worth noting that this currently only works for new repositories that are created locally with the
git init command. If you’re using an existing repo, your default branch name will be whatever was previously set.
Update Your Git Version
The easiest way to update git is likely through their website. Download a version and make sure it’s 2.28 or above.
If you’re using mac and have homebrew, you can also run
brew update && brew upgrade
Set Your Default Branch Name
A simple 1 liner - run this in your command line and change
<defaultBranchName> to whatever you’d like your default branches to be called. One example is
git config --global init.defaultBranch <defaultBranchName>
Voila! One less thing to worry about!