Creating branches in your version control system with Gearset

Ellis Toms on October 10th 2017


With Gearset, managing the metadata in your version control system is ingeniously simple. Compare environments, create new branches and commit changes, all from within the app.

Branch management with Gearset

Gearset has always endeavoured to make Salesforce release management easy. From comparing your Salesforce orgs and version control repositories to see the differences, to deploying changes to get them in sync, Gearset helps teams of all experience levels deploy more effectively.

A common challenge with version control is branch management. As we discussed in our whitepaper on git-based development, every new feature or change should be made in a feature branch in the repository. This allows teams to work in parallel without stepping on toes, while providing a clear audit trail of development. But for many users, creating branches and committing those changes through the UI of the version control system is an unfamiliar process which can be prone to mistakes.

Gearset makes branch management quick and easy. When comparing to a version control repository, select an existing branch from the dropdown, or simply create a new one.

Create a new branch in just a few clicks

Navigate to the Compare and Deploy page within Gearset and choose your source metadata location.

Select source control as your target metadata location and choose one of your connected source control providers, such as GitHub.

Next, select the repository you wish to connect to and pick a branch from the dropdown.

Select source control as your target metadata location and pick a repository to connect

If you want to create a new branch to deploy changes to, simply select the branch you want to use as the baseline and click Create new branch from…. In the example above we’re using “master” as the baseline for our new branch.

Name your new branch and click Create branch

Give your new branch a descriptive name, like "new-branch-name" as shown in the example above, and click Create branch.

You can now run a comparison to your new branch

Gearset will now create the branch in your repository and select the branch as your target metadata location. To compare the changes and commit them to your new branch, click Compare now and continue through the usual deployment process with Gearset.

Experience easy branch management today

With these simple steps, Gearset makes it easy to create branches and to manage version control, all from within the app.

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