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Git Workflows

While Git is the tool of choice to version any kind of text files, it is only doing exactly that. It makes now assumption about how people work together. Coming up with a decent workflow is up to the user working with the tool Git.

A successful Git branching model (20' read)

This article is the original article from 2010 that introduced/presented the Git-flow workflow for managing the code for software projects. It was the first workflow that was widely adopted and got "famous". The articles demonstrates a lot of brain work done about handling different situations and how to solve issues. But also read the author's reflection at the top! While this is a proven Git branching strategy it is quite complex and for many situations and projects a complete overkill.
Keep in mind to use a workflow that is as simple as possible. Do not overly complicate collaboration if it's not needed. The git-flow workflow is very powerful but comes with a certain complexity and therefore too much of a hassle for most projects we do. For these projects the GitHub flow is much more reasonable and by far easier to understand and live.

There is a good comparison of git branching strategies over at You should at least know the principles, pros/cons and differences between these four strategies.

Make yourself familiar with other Git branching strategies like the ones in the following list and then choose the simplest that is still satisfying your real needs (not the nice to haves). Also use something that others in your team are already familiar and successful with!

When working in teams there are many possible workflows to work on a project all at the same minimizing the changes of conflicts. Hosting the repo at GitHub however should motivate you to incorporate the GitHub flow as it has proven to be a very easy workflow that a whole lot of projects are using. Take a look into guide on GitHub flow.

Last update: October 9, 2023