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On the terminal, in a repository with unstaged changes, I can do:

~/projects/introduction-to-clojure$ git checkout -f 3.7
Branch '3.7' set up to track remote branch '3.7' from 'origin'.
Switched to a new branch '3.7'
 

The flag -f makes the command be a forced checkout, ignoring the unstaged changes.

I wish to achieve the same in Magit. Thus, I do: magit-status (C-x g), then magit-branch (b), branch/revision (b), and, finally, I pick 3.7.

However, it does not work and the following error message is provided:

error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by checkout:
    src/introduction_to_clojure/core.clj
Please commit your changes or stash them before you switch branches.

Is it possible to force checkout to a tag in Magit even with unstaged changes? How to do so?

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    I'm not aware of any direct way to put the -f flag on branch command, and changing transient level doesn't add it as option. Anyway you always can type the command directlty using Q
    – Muihlinn
    Jun 23 at 7:43

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Do a hard reset first, if you want to discard the changes. M-x magit-reset-hard (X h) You can also do what is suggested, i.e. commit or stash.

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