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Reverting a file to a specific revision in Git

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To revert a file to a specific revision in Git we can use the git checkout command.

We need to pass two arguments when restoring an older version:

  • Hash (unique identifier) of the commit we want to revert to

  • Filename

NOTE

Reverting to a previous version does not delete any of the repository's history. Rather, the restoration is saved as the latest commit in case you want to undo the restoration later.

Example

Let us say we have the following commit history for a file example.txt:

commit ab5adad5f531b039f3771ed7eae8e6de1b073995
Author: Author: Harry Potter <example@email.com>
Date: Thu Oct 7 11:43:42 2021 +0900

Reflecting the latest announcement.

commit a4708a6a7d593e6119247baf4b126ca68dcf6417
Author: Author: Harry Potter <example@email.com>
Date: Wed Oct 6 05:37:32 2021 +0900

Updating the title.

To revert the current version of example.txt to the version that was committed on October 6:

git checkout a4708a example.txt

To revert to the commit before a4708a we can append ~1 like below:

git checkout a4708a~1 example.txt
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