Git — Undo a hard reset via Reflog

Straight out of this stackoverflow question which I wish I could upvote 50 times.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5473/undoing-a-git-reset-hard-head1

I accidentally did a hard reset to a commit too far back and lost some changes. Luckily git reflog shows hashes you can revert to even if its technically not in your repository.

Copy and pasted from the answer at SO, saved for posterity.

$ git init
Initialized empty Git repository in .git/

$ echo "testing reset" > file1
$ git add file1
$ git commit -m 'added file1'
Created initial commit 1a75c1d: added file1
 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 file1

$ echo "added new file" > file2
$ git add file2
$ git commit -m 'added file2'
Created commit f6e5064: added file2
 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 file2

$ git reset --hard HEAD^
HEAD is now at 1a75c1d... added file1

$ cat file2
cat: file2: No such file or directory

$ git reflog
1a75c1d... HEAD@{0}: reset --hard HEAD^: updating HEAD
f6e5064... HEAD@{1}: commit: added file2

$ git reset --hard f6e5064
HEAD is now at f6e5064... added file2

$ cat file2
added new file

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