If you’re using Git, there may be a time where you need to copy a file from another branch.
How would you go about doing that without cherry picking?
Easy. You can use checkout and let me show you how with an example.
Given the following:
$ git status On branch master nothing to commit, working directory clean
Create and commit a file on another branch:
$ git checkout -b other_branch $ echo hello > world.txt $ git add world.txt $ git commit -m "Create world"
Switch back to the
$ git checkout master
Now to copy the file, we checkout the file from the other branch:
# git checkout <branch> <path> $ git checkout other_branch world.txt
Now your file has been staged to your current branch:
$ git status On branch master Changes to be committed: (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) new file: world.txt
You can do this for single files or whole directories.