Open two GIT branches in two separate IDE instances?

We are migrating from Mercurial to GIT.

With Mercurial we have separate repositories compared to one repo with separate branches in GIT.

  • Why has Git allowed me to create two branches with the same name?
  • Migrate local Git repo to Visual Studio Online from IDE
  • git error: RPC failed; curl 56 GnuTLS
  • kdiff3 selecting the file from remote completely
  • Sublime Text 2 on OS X Lion not finding git binary in PATH
  • Does Git have plan to change their hash function?
  • Thus with Mercurial it’s straightforward to open two separate repos in two separate instances of your IDE. How can you do this with GIT as there is (I believe) only one branch current at a time in a GIT repo?

    Note: this similar ticket refers to opening two branches in the same IDE. The difference with this question is we’re happy to open them in two separate IDE instances. Though I’m guessing the answer is the same – you can’t do it.

  • Git and Rails: ignore database.yml
  • How to list files ignored by git that are currently staged or committed?
  • sync files without commiting?
  • What is a good workflow for Continuous Deployment to a VPS using Travis CI and Capistrano?
  • How does git-review work?
  • Git: Is there an equivalent to hg strip?
  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Open two GIT branches in two separate IDE instances?”

    You are correct: there is only one active branch at a time. The best you can do is to clone the repository twice on your local machine into two different directories, and then simply open up the appropriate directory in each IDE instance.

    After making the two clones as David Deutsch suggested, I recommend picking one as primary and creating a symbolic link to the .idea directory from the secondary clone to the primary clone. This way you will have the same config in all clones.

    ln -s primary_clone/.idea secondary_clone/.idea
    

    This assumes you use the .idea project config format and that you do not check config to the repository (in that case you are obviously all set from the get go)

    it mostly works, only sometimes Idea prompts you with dialog box to reload other projects if you change some setting in the currently active one. You can refuse, though.

    Git Baby is a git and github fan, let's start git clone.