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Git Tag

Tags are ref's that point to specific points in Git history. Tagging is generally used to capture a point in history that is used for a marked version release (i.e. v1.0.1). A tag is like a branch that doesn’t change. Unlike branches, tags, after being created, have no further history of commits.

Types of Git Tags

There are two types of tags in git.

  1. Annotated tag
  2. Light-weighted tag

Both of these tags are similar, but they are different in case of the amount of Metadata stores. If you are pointing and saving a final version of any project, then it is recommended to create an annotated tag. But if you want to make a temporary mark point or don't want to share information, then you can create a light-weight tag.

1. Annotated Tags

Annotated tags are tags that store extra Metadata like developer name, email, date, and more. They are stored as a bundle of objects in the Git database. All this data is important for a public release of your project.

Similar to commits and commit messages Annotated tags also include a more descriptive tag-message or annotation.


git tag <tag name> -m "Tag message"

2. Light-Weighted Tags

Lightweight tags are the simplest way to add a tag to your git repository because they store only the hash of the commit they refer to. They are created with the absence of the -a, -s, or -m options and do not contain any extra information.

Lightweight tags are essentially "bookmarks" to a commit, they are just a name and a pointer to a commit, useful for creating quick links to relevant commits.


git tag <tag name>

Additional Commands

Listing Tags

The git tag command is used to list all the available tags from the repository.


git tag



Tag Details

The git show <tag identifier> cammand is used to display the details of a particular tag.


git show projectv1.0


tag projectv1.0
Tagger: Gitopia <[email protected]>
Date: Sat Oct 23 20:19:12 2021 +0530

version 1.0

commit 9fceb02d0ae598e95dc970b74767f19372d61af8
Author: Gitopia <[email protected]>
Date: Sat Oct 23 20:19:12 2021 +0530

Change version number

Pushing Tags

We can push tags to a remote server project. It will help other team members to know where to pick an update. It will show as release point on a remote server account. The git push command facilitates with some specific options to push tags.

You can git push the tag individually, or you can run git push --tags which will push all tags at once. It can be done similarly to pushing the branches.


git push origin projectv1.0

Deleting Tags

Deleting tags is a straightforward operation. Passing the -d option and a tag identifier to git tag will delete the identified tag.


git tag -d projectv1.1

You can learn more about the git tag command and its options in git-scm's documentation.