Often, when you’ve been working on part of your project, things are in a messy state and you want to switch branches for a bit to work on something else. The problem is, you don’t want to do a commit of half-done work just so you can get back to this point later. The answer to this issue is the
git stash command.
Stashing takes the dirty state of your working directory — that is, your modified tracked files and staged changes — and saves it on a stack of unfinished changes that you can reapply at any time.
To demonstrate, you’ll go into your project and start working on a couple of files and possibly stage one of the changes. If you run
git status, you can see your dirty state:
$ git stash Saved working directory and index state \ "WIP on master: 049d078 added the index file" HEAD is now at 049d078 added the index file (To restore them type "git stash apply")
Stash acts like stack