Undoing a Git rebase

Today I wanted to revert HEAD of the branch which was rebased with some other branch.

It turned out that if you use any HEAD changing operations like commit, merge, rebase, reset, etc. git saves starting point to ORIG_HEAD. Assuming no other operation was performed after the faulty rebase, you can revert the change with:

git reset ORIG_HEAD --hard

If HEAD pointer has been modified, you will need to use reflog.


Reflog stands for reference logs and it’s used by git to record changes of branches’ tips in the local repository.

To display recent changes to the HEAD for current branch simply run:

git reflog

To revert HEAD based on one of the reflogs just run reset --hard:

git reset [email protected]{2} --hard