Git flow: A overview

Today I learn “how to use git-flow” Git flow is a system to maintain git branching efficiently. Love it. However, I like to share my experience.

I like to create a very-very simple plugin and maintain it with git-flow.

First, install git-flow from

Let go to the wp-content/plugins location and make a new directory for the super-simple plugin. Because this plugin just locally exists, yet it is not hosted anywhere, so I init the git with

git init

Then, I initialize git-flow here by the “git flow init” command. This command asks me some questions. Except “Version tag prefix”, all is the default. I choice “v” for “Version tag prefix”.

Then, created a file “init.php” with

 * Plugin Name: Super Simple Plugin

 // Register Custom Post Type
function custom_post_type() {

	$labels = array(
		'name'                  => _x( 'Post Types', 'Post Type General Name', 'text_domain' ),
		'singular_name'         => _x( 'Post Type', 'Post Type Singular Name', 'text_domain' ),
		'menu_name'             => __( 'Post Types', 'text_domain' ),
		'name_admin_bar'        => __( 'Post Type', 'text_domain' ),
		'archives'              => __( 'Item Archives', 'text_domain' ),
		'attributes'            => __( 'Item Attributes', 'text_domain' ),
		'parent_item_colon'     => __( 'Parent Item:', 'text_domain' ),
		'all_items'             => __( 'All Items', 'text_domain' ),
		'add_new_item'          => __( 'Add New Item', 'text_domain' ),
		'add_new'               => __( 'Add New', 'text_domain' ),
		'new_item'              => __( 'New Item', 'text_domain' ),
		'edit_item'             => __( 'Edit Item', 'text_domain' ),
		'update_item'           => __( 'Update Item', 'text_domain' ),
		'view_item'             => __( 'View Item', 'text_domain' ),
		'view_items'            => __( 'View Items', 'text_domain' ),
		'search_items'          => __( 'Search Item', 'text_domain' ),
		'not_found'             => __( 'Not found', 'text_domain' ),
		'not_found_in_trash'    => __( 'Not found in Trash', 'text_domain' ),
		'featured_image'        => __( 'Featured Image', 'text_domain' ),
		'set_featured_image'    => __( 'Set featured image', 'text_domain' ),
		'remove_featured_image' => __( 'Remove featured image', 'text_domain' ),
		'use_featured_image'    => __( 'Use as featured image', 'text_domain' ),
		'insert_into_item'      => __( 'Insert into item', 'text_domain' ),
		'uploaded_to_this_item' => __( 'Uploaded to this item', 'text_domain' ),
		'items_list'            => __( 'Items list', 'text_domain' ),
		'items_list_navigation' => __( 'Items list navigation', 'text_domain' ),
		'filter_items_list'     => __( 'Filter items list', 'text_domain' ),
	$args = array(
		'label'                 => __( 'Post Type', 'text_domain' ),
		'description'           => __( 'Post Type Description', 'text_domain' ),
		'labels'                => $labels,
		'supports'              => false,
		'taxonomies'            => array(  ),
		'hierarchical'          => false,
		'public'                => true,
		'show_ui'               => true,
		'show_in_menu'          => true,
		'menu_position'         => 5,
		'show_in_admin_bar'     => true,
		'show_in_nav_menus'     => true,
		'can_export'            => true,
		'has_archive'           => true,
		'exclude_from_search'   => false,
		'publicly_queryable'    => true,
		'capability_type'       => 'page',
	register_post_type( 'post_type', $args );

add_action( 'init', 'custom_post_type', 0 );

Here, I initialize a super-simple custom post type. Suppose, this is our first initialization. So, add this with

git add .
git commit -m "Just Init"

Then, our git-flow comes on the stage. We want to create a new feature, which will remove taxonomies for this post type. So, I start a new feature by

git flow feature start remove-tax

Now, I am in “remove-tax” branch.

To do this feature find and replace

'taxonomies' => array( ),

in post type arguments.

Add and commit git with

git add .
git commit -m "tax remove successfully"

Now, this feature is completed. So, I finish this feature by

git flow feature finish

Now, I am on “develop” branch with “new” commit.

Assume, our feature is ready for deployment. Now,

git flow release start 1.0.0

command start new release branch.
At this time, I can change and add anything before release finish. Finally, when release is okay,

git flow release finish

Finally, I can see these git-flow work by hosting on
Create a new repo named “super-simple” and add this with

git remote add origin

and push all things with tags by

git push origin --all --follow-tags