Closing Issues via Commit Messages

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Recently we changed the way closing issues via commit message
works on GitHub.

Now when you enter “Fixes #33” in a commit message, issue 33
will only be closed once the commit is merged into your
default branch (usually master).

This is super useful because it means the issue’s open / closed
status will map to your default branch. If the bug isn’t fixed
in your default branch, the issue will remain open. Once the
commit with the fix is merged into your default branch the
issue will be automatically closed.

When you do make a commit in a non-default branch with the
“Fixes #33” syntax, the issue will be referenced with a tooltip:


If you work primarily in a non-master branch, such as dev,
you can change your default branch on the repository settings page:


Didn’t know about this feature? You can use any of these keywords to close an issue via commit message:

close, closes, closed, fixes, fixed

All of them work the same, including this behavior.


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