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Best Practices for Git Commit Messages

Last Updated May 3rd 2022, 12:41:16 am


Creating quality commit messages makes using and collaborating with Git a lot easier.[1]

Your messages should start with a single line that’s no more than about 50 characters and that describes the changeset concisely, followed by a blank line, followed by a more detailed explanation.[1:1]

It’s also a good idea to use the imperative present tense in these messages. In other words, use commands.

For example: Instead of “I added tests for” or “Adding tests for,” use “Add tests for.”[1:2]


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