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How To Delete A Remote Or Local Tag In Git?

Tim Mouskhelichvili
Tim Mouskhelichvili
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Git tags are pointers to specific commits used to mark release versions or as bookmarks. Sometimes, however, developers might want to remove a tag from a remote server or the local repository.

To remove a local tag in Git, type:

bashgit tag -d your_tag

To remove a remote tag in Git, type:

bashgit push --delete origin your_tag

In this article, I will explain how to remove a Git tag from local and remote, how to remove multiple Git tags at once, and many more.

Let's get to it 😎.

git delete tag

How to delete a local tag?

In Git, to delete a local tag, you need to use the git tag -d command:

bashgit tag -d your_tag

You can verify that the tag was correctly deleted by searching the tag name with the git tag -l command:

bashgit tag -l your_tag

If the command outputs nothing, the tag was successfully deleted.

How to delete a remote tag?

In Git, to delete a remote tag, you need to use the git push command with the --delete option:

bashgit push --delete origin your_tag

However, you may have a situation where you have the same name for a branch and a tag. If you want to avoid any confusion and be sure that you are deleting a tag, use full refs like so:

bashgit push origin :refs/tags/your_tag

This command will work for remote tags.

How to delete multiple tags at once?

In Git, to delete multiple tags at once, you need to use a wildcard with two git tag commands.

First, select the tags you want to delete and put them in a variable. Then you use that variable to remove the tags.

Here is an example of this:

bashgit tag -d $(git tag -l "tag*")

How to delete tags by using a wildcard?

In Git, you can use a combination of git tag commands to delete tags by pattern.

To delete tags by a pattern on the local repository, type:

bashgit tag -d $(git tag -l "your_tag*")

To delete tags by a pattern on the remote server, type:

bashgit push -d $(git tag -l "your_tag*")

Final thoughts

As you can see, deleting a tag in Git is very easy and can be done in one command.

git delete tags

Here are some of my related tutorials for you (if you want to learn more about Git).

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