Git worktree

As I’ve understood Git worktrees, there are two main workflows to use.

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1. If you already have a normal Git repository locally, the simplest way to use Git worktree is to start there (and it’s personally how I prefer to use worktree).

Add a new worktree and create a new branch:

git worktree add ../<new-folder-and-branch-name>

You can also add a new worktree from an existing branch (that’s not already checked out):

git worktree add ../<new-folder-and-branch-name> <branch>

You now have a folder for just one branch—an advantage in many cases, e.g.: updating/changing NPM packages, keeping WIP without committing or fixing a bug for production.

2. If you’re doing a fresh clone, you can clone it as a --bare repository and add worktrees for each branch you’re working on:

git clone --bare <repository> <new-directory-name>
git worktree add <branch>

Each branch will then be a folder in the Git repository folder.