Renaming your project’s default branch

Chad Carlson
Chad Carlson
DevRel Engineer
20 Jan 2021

When you create a new repository in Git, the “default branch”—the top-level branch, from which all subsequent branches split off from and merge back into—has always been named master.

This naming convention has carried into every product that’s built on top of Git. is no exception. New projects have master as the default production environment, and master was, until recently, hardcoded in certain places.

Sensitivity around the word “master” has led many in the developer community to adopt alternate default branch naming when possible. To support this movement, we’re proud to announce that you can now update your project’s default branch to something other than master, no matter your integration.

We’ve written a handy guide to take you through the process step by step:

If you have any questions about this update or the guide, feel free to contact us.