Git - Share Uncommitted Changes without Pushing

Git29 Dec, 2018

Git is the most popular version control system used to manage projects with multiple people working on it.

It's distributive nature enables developers to work on the projects without worrying about the availability of network or a central server.

A typical git workflow will be like

  • Make the required changes.
  • commit those changes.
  • push them to the remote.

Typical Git Workflow
A Typical Git Workflow 🐙 😺

What if you have some pending changes which you don't want to commit but have to share them to others / share it to another machine? Let's find out.

Run the following command in your source git repo with the pending changes.

  git diff > changes.patch

This will create a file called changes.patch which contains diff of pending changes.

Note: This will work only in linux or mac machines. To make these commands work in windows, use Git Bash, which comes along with git installation.

The above command will create a patch of files which are already tracked. In order to create a patch with the untracked files, first stage those files using git add . command and then run,

  git diff --cached > changes.patch

If your repo contains binary files such as images and audio, in order to add them to your patch, stage them first and run,

  git diff --cached --binary > changes.patch

Now share that changes.patch file to your target repo and run,

  git apply changes.patch

Voila 🎉, your uncommitted changes of your source repo are now available in your target repo.

Hope you will incorporate this in your daily git workflow.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the comment section below.


Sasivarnan R

Software Engineer. Tech Enthusiast. Loves coding 💻 and music 🎼.