How to change a Git commit message after push

To change a Git commit message after the commit has been pushed

  • Open a terminal in the repository folder
  • Use the interactive rebase command to retrieve the specified number of recent commit messages
git rebase -i HEAD~3
  • The list of the recent commits appears in your default text editor
  • Replace the word pick with reword in the lines you want to change, save and close the file.
  • A new text file opens for each selected commit message. Edit the messages, save and close the files.
  • Safe force push the updated commits with
git push --force-with-lease

This command will abort if there was a change in the repository since the original commit.

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