“Lightweight” tags in Git are simply pointers to specific commits. You can create a lightweight tag on the command line using:
git tag <tag name>. This will create a local tag on the current branch.
Listing Tags in Git
To list the tags you have previously created use:
For repositories with many tags it may be useful to find tags by name. This is possible with Git using globbing and the
-l option. For example,
git tag -l "v-1.*" will list all the tags starting with “v-1.”.
Pushing Tags to a Remote
Tags are not pushed to the remote repo by default, so in order to push a tag to the remote repository use:
git push origin <tag name>.
To push all tags to the remote repo use:
git push origin --tags.
Checking out Tags
There is no straight forward way to checkout a tag in Git. But you can checkout the specific commit associated with a tag that into a new branch. This will give you a working directory that looks like the specified tag. Here is a simple example of checking out the
v1.0.0 tag into the
git checkout -b v1 v1.0.0