How can you undo the last git add?

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Is it possible to unstage the last staged (not committed) change in git? Suppose there were a lot of files in the current branch, some staged, some not. At some point, some foolish programmer accidentally executed:

git add -- .

...instead of:

git checkout -- .

Can this programmer now unstage his last changes with some magical git command? Or should he have committed before experimenting in the first place?

This question is tagged with git

~ Asked on 2012-08-26 17:21:05

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You can use git reset. This will 'unstage' all the files you've added after your last commit.

If you want to unstage only some files, use git reset -- <file 1> <file 2> <file n>.

Also it's possible to unstage some of the changes in files by using git reset -p.

~ Answered on 2012-08-26 17:59:35


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You cannot undo the latest git add, but you can undo all adds since the last commit. git reset without a commit argument resets the index (unstages staged changes):

git reset

~ Answered on 2012-08-26 17:39:25


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