How do I force git pull to overwrite local files?

Important: If you have any local changes, they will be lost. With or without --hard option, any local commits that haven’t been pushed will be lost.

If you have any files that are not tracked by Git (e.g. uploaded user content), these files will not be affected.


I think this is the right way:

git fetch --all

Then, you have two options:

git reset --hard origin/master

OR If you are on some other branch:

git reset --hard origin/<branch_name>

Explanation:

git fetch downloads the latest from remote without trying to merge or rebase anything.

Then the git reset resets the master branch to what you just fetched. The --hard option changes all the files in your working tree to match the files in origin/master


[*]: It’s worth noting that it is possible to maintain current local commits by creating a branch from master before resetting:

git checkout master
git branch new-branch-to-save-current-commits
git fetch --all
git reset --hard origin/master

After this, all of the old commits will be kept in new-branch-to-save-current-commits. Uncommitted changes however (even staged), will be lost. Make sure to stash and commit anything you need.

2nd way use git clean

WARNING: git clean deletes all your untracked files/directories and can’t be undone.

Sometimes just clean -f does not help. In case you have untracked DIRECTORIES, -d option also needed:

git reset --hard HEAD
git clean -f -d
git pull

 

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