How to rename a local Git branch?

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How can I rename a local branch which hasn't been pushed to a remote branch?

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Rename the current branch:

git branch -m <newname>

Rename a branch while pointed to any branch:

git branch -m <oldname> <newname>

The easy way to remember this branch -m by creating git alias. Use following command to create git alias:

git config --global alias.rename 'branch -m'

Now you can use:

git rename <newname>
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git rename <oldname> <newname>
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