Change the Backing Git Branch that an Environment is associated with (known as Branch Switching). Useful for cases where you need to share a sandbox between two or more long-running work items that each have their own Git branch.

The default process is: Flow In changes from the environment's Salesforce org, change the branch on the environment's record in the State Store, and then Flow Out from the new branch to the environment's Salesforce org.

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This command is only available with an Enterprise edition subscription.


  • --stack=<stackName>

    The name of the stack to target. Stack names are case-insensitive. Stacks are specific to license keys, and you can see a list of all available stacks with the stack:list command.

    This value is required if no valid default stack has been set, or if you would like to target a stack other than the one that is currently the default stack. You can use the stack:setdefault command to set or change the default stack.

  • -e|--environment=<environmentName>

    Required. Prompted for if not supplied and possible to do so.

    The name of the environment to switch branch for. Environment names are case-insensitive.

  • -b|--branchName=<branchName>

    Required. Prompted for if not supplied and possible to do so.

    The name of the branch to switch to. Branch names can be case-sensitive depending on your file system and the configuration of your Remote Git Repository provider.

    If you provide a branch name that does not exist, OrgFlow will cut a new branch from the HEAD of the environment's current branch.

  • --noFlowIn

    If specified, the inbound flow of metadata from the Salesforce org to the initial Git branch (before the environment's Git branch is changed) is not performed.

  • --keepZipFiles=<directoryPath>

    If specified, the OrgFlow CLI will retain the zip files containing the metadata items that are retrieved from Salesforce during the inbound flow. The zip files will be placed into the directory specified. This can be useful in scenarios where you need to troubleshoot problems.

    Not valid in conjunction with --noFlowIn.

  • --noFlowOut

    If specified, the outbound flow of metadata from the new Git branch to the Salesforce org (after the environment's Git branch is changed) is not performed.

  • --keepDelta=<directoryPath>

    If specified, the OrgFlow CLI will retain the delta deployment archives that are uploaded to Salesforce as part of the deployment process during the outbound flow. The delta archives will be placed into the directory specified. This can be useful in scenarios where you need to troubleshoot deployment problems.

    Not valid in conjunction with --noFlowOut.

  • -k|--encryptionKey=<key>

    The key used to encrypt or decrypt stored credentials.

    Required if:

    • You want the process to utilise previously encrypted credentials, or if you want the process to save credentials
    • AND the encryption key has not been saved locally with the auth:key:save command, or the key that has been saved locally is not the key that you wish to use
  • --waitForLock=<minutes>

    The maximum amount of time to wait (in minutes) for environments currently locked by other users or OrgFlow instances to be released. Default is 0 (i.e. do not wait but rather fail this command immediately).

    Any command that mutates the state of an environment in any way always acquires an exclusive lock on that environment, to prevent other instances from trying to mutate the same environment simultaneously - something that could have unpredictable results. Particularly in scripted or CI/CD scenarios, it can be useful to have OrgFlow wait a certain amount of time for an already locked environment to become available, rather than failing immediately and requiring the script to be executed again.

The following options are global across all commands:

  • -h|--help

    If specified, prints help for this command instead of executing it.

  • -l|--licenseKey=<key>

    The License Key you were issued to allow you to use the OrgFlow CLI. If a valid key is supplied, it is stored locally on the machine so that it does not need to be specified again on the next execution.

  • --acceptEula

    If specified, you are signifying that you accept our End User License Agreement (EULA). You only need to specify this once per device, because your acceptance will be cached on the device (you can pass --acceptEula=false if you wish to clear this). You must accept our EULA to be able to run most OrgFlow commands.

  • --logTo=<filePath>

    If specified, a log file is written to the specified path. The specified path may contain one or more tokens; see Logging for more information.

  • --logLevel=[Verbose|Debug|Information|Warning|Error|Fatal]

    Default: Information

    The minimum log level to be written to the log file; logs below this level will not be written. Only effective if a valid value for --logTo has been specified.

  • --diagnostic=[Auto|Always|Never]

    Default: Auto

    If the CLI encounters an exception then it will ask (where possible) the user whether or not to create a Diagnostic Bundle and write it to disk. If it is not able to prompt then no action is taken. This is the default behaviour (Auto).

    You can change this default behaviour (and suppress the prompt) by specifying either Always or Never (which will always write the bundle or never write the bundle, respectively). This is particularly useful in a CI/CD context, where the CLI may not be able to prompt, but you still want to create diagnostic bundles for all failures.

  • --diagnosticDirPath=<directoryPath>

    If specified, sets the location to write the Diagnostic Bundle (if any). If not specified, a default location will automatically be chosen. This default location depends on a number of factors, including the operating system and some file-system based restrictions that might be in place. The location that the diagnostic bundle is ultimately written to is always included in the standard error output of the CLI.

  • --noConfirm

    If specified, suppresses confirmation prompts that the CLI might raise before performing destructive or dangerous procedures. If suppressed, the CLI assumes that the prompts would have been answered positively and continues with execution.

  • --progress=[Interactive|Never|Always]

    Default: Interactive

    Controls how progress is printed to the standard error stream:

    • Interactive: Progress is sent to the standard error stream only if the standard error stream is connected to an interactive terminal.
    • Never: Progress is not sent to the standard error stream.
    • Always: Progress is sent to the standard error stream, even if that stream has been redirected.
  • --tempDir=<directoryPath>

    If specified, sets the location to use as storage for files that may need to be stored on disk temporarily during command execution. For example, the location on disk where zip files containing metadata from Salesforce are downloaded to before they are unzipped.

    If not specified, the CLI will automatically choose an appropriate location on disk (usually in the current user's temporary storage location). This automatically chosen location may be deeply nested within a drive, which may be problematic if the operating system imposes limits on file path lengths and the files placed into temporary storage have particularly long paths or names.

  • --json

    Switches the format of the output sent to the standard output stream to JSON. This is the most verbose output available, and is useful for scripting or automation.

  • --forceSignIn.

    If specified, the CLI will ignore any cached Salesforce access tokens, and will require the Salesforce authentication process to be re-completed for each organisation that the command connects to.

  • --maxTransientErrorRetries=<count>.

    If no value is specified, the CLI will indefinitely retry any process that fails due to a transient error. This is the default behaviour, and allows for resilience against temporary issues that might otherwise cause a process to fail.

    Specify a positive integer value to prevent indefinite retries. Each process that fails due to a transient error will be retried up to a maximum amount of times specified. For example, --maxTransientErrorRetries=5: Each process that fails will be re-tried up to a maximum of five times. If an earlier process fails four times but then succeeds on the fifth attempt, the counter is reset for the next process.

    Specify --maxTransientErrorRetries=0 to disable transient failure retries.

  • --maxTransientErrorDelay=<seconds>.

    Default: 60

    Processes retried due to a transient error are delayed by a back-off policy that gradually increases the time to wait between retries. Specify a non-negative integer value as the maximum amount of seconds to wait between attempts.

    Specify --maxTransientErrorDelay=0 to disable the back-off policy and always instantly retry failed processes.


Switch the branch for an environment called Dev1 to a branch called feature/profiles:

orgflow env:branch:switch -e=Dev1 -b=feature/profiles

Switch the branch for an environment called QA to a branch called hotfix, and skip the inbound flow before the branch is switched:

orgflow env:branch:switch -e=QA -b=hotfix --noFlowIn