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Managing branches#

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Codacy automatically analyzes the default branch of your repository (typically master or main as configured on your Git provider) and loads its data first on dashboards. Codacy also supports analyzing multiple branches.


Codacy doesn't support and skips the analysis of branches named HEAD or matching the pattern refs/heads/*, as these are Git reserved terms.

To change the default branch of your repository or start analyzing other branches:

  1. Open your repository Settings, tab Branches.

    Managing branches

  2. To enable analysis for a new branch, toggle the corresponding switch in the column Analyze.

    Enabling a new branch triggers an initial analysis of that branch and the analysis results and information for that branch will become available after the analysis is complete.

  3. To change the default branch on Codacy, click the corresponding Make default link that appears when you hover the column Default.

    Changing the default branch on Codacy doesn't change the default branch on your Git provider. Likewise, changing the default branch on your Git provider doesn't change the default branch on Codacy.


    You can only set as default branch an already enabled branch.

Codacy manages pull request branches and inactive branches as follows:

  • Pull request branches

    Codacy automatically analyzes branches corresponding to new pull requests and also enables the target branches if they're disabled.

  • Inactive branches

    Codacy automatically disables analysis for branches that don't have any commits for more than 2 weeks, except for the main branch and pull request branches that are analyzed automatically.

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Last modified April 2, 2024