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Branching Workflow

The branching workflow is usually used with specific guidelines about how to use and name branches. A general rule of thumb is that each branch should be specifically named and used for a defined purpose. See the :ref:`forks-branches-ref` section for detailed steps about how to create branches.

# Mercurial Branch
$ hg bookmark issue-568

# Git Branch
$ git branch issue-568
$ git checkout issue-568

Branching Overview

Legend:The following code examples correspond with the numbered steps in the diagram.
#1 clone your fork locally and pull the latest changes from upstream
$ git clone git://your-fork
$ git pull --rebase upstream master

#2 create a new branch
$ git checkout -b branch-1

#3 push the branch to your remote fork
$ git push origin branch-1

#4  Open a pull request from your fork to upstream/master

#5 Merge your pull request with the upstream/master
$ git merge --no-ff pull request

#6 pull and rebase your work plus any other work to your local branch
$ git checkout master
$ git pull --rebase upstream master

#7 push the new commit history to your fork
$ git push origin master

Setting up a Branching Workflow

Setting up a branching workflow requires giving users access to the |repo|. For more information, see the :ref:`permissions-info-add-group-ref` section.

Using a Branching Workflow

If you are on a team that uses a branching workflow, see the :ref:`forks-branches-ref` section for how to create branches, and also the :ref:`pull-requests-ref` section. You may also find the :ref:`squash-rebase` section useful.