If you're the type of person who types git push -f origin master, please don't do that as it might overwrite your entire branch. I'm saying this because I did this once and I thought I lost all the files.

Luckily, I was a bit relieved as git is a VCS (Version Control Software), which means the files are most likely not deleted. This is when I came across git reflog command.

According to the Git manual, this is what it does:

Reference logs, or "reflogs", record when the tips of branches and other references were updated in the local repository.

This is a life-saver especially if you wanted to return back to the previous point in time. Here's how I recovered my files back again:

  1. Type git reflog show remotes/origin/master
  2. Find and make note of the previous commit hash.
  3. Create a new branch with using the previous commit hash like this: git branch <new_branch_name> <previous_commit_hash>
  4. Then finally, push the files to the new branch: git add . && git commit -m "pushing recovered files" && git push origin <new_branch_name>
  5. Checkout to the newly created branch: git checkout <new_branch_name>
  6. Delete the corrupted branch and replace it with the newly created branch that contains your restored files.

If I didn't discover this, I don't really know what I would have done to recover those files.


Hope this helps you out!