If I run
git branch -d XYZ, is there a way to recover the branch? Is there a way to go back as if I didn’t run the delete branch command?
Yes, you should be able to do
git reflog --no-abbrev and find the SHA1 for the commit at the tip of your deleted branch, then just
git checkout [sha]. And once you’re at that commit, you can just
git checkout -b [branchname] to recreate the branch from there.
Credit to @Cascabel for this condensed/one-liner version and @Snowcrash for how to obtain the sha.
If you’ve just deleted the branch you’ll see something like this in your terminal
Deleted branch <your-branch> (was <sha>). Then just use that
<sha> in this one-liner:
git checkout -b <your-branch> <sha>