git-remote - manage set of tracked repositories
git remote [-v | --verbose]
git remote add [-t <branch>] [-m <master>] [-f] [--mirror] <name> <url>
git remote rename <old> <new>
git remote rm <name>
git remote set-head <name> (-a | -d | <branch>)
git remote set-url [--push] <name> <newurl> [<oldurl>]
git remote set-url --add [--push] <name> <newurl>
git remote set-url --delete [--push] <name> <url>
git remote [-v | --verbose] show [-n] <name>
git remote prune [-n | --dry-run] <name>
git remote [-v | --verbose] update [-p | --prune] [group | remote]...
Manage the set of repositories ("remotes") whose branches you track.
Be a little more verbose and show remote url after name. NOTE: This
must be placed between remote and subcommand.
With no arguments, shows a list of existing remotes. Several
subcommands are available to perform operations on the remotes.
Adds a remote named <name> for the repository at <url>. The command
git fetch <name> can then be used to create and update
remote-tracking branches <name>/<branch>.
With -f option, git fetch <name> is run immediately after the
remote information is set up.
With -t <branch> option, instead of the default glob refspec for
the remote to track all branches under $GIT_DIR/remotes/<name>/, a
refspec to track only <branch> is created. You can give more than
one -t <branch> to track multiple branches without grabbing all
With -m <master> option, $GIT_DIR/remotes/<name>/HEAD is set up to
point at remote's <master> branch. See also the set-head command.
In mirror mode, enabled with --mirror, the refs will not be stored
in the refs/remotes/ namespace, but in refs/heads/. This option
only makes sense in bare repositories. If a remote uses mirror
mode, furthermore, git push will always behave as if --mirror was
Rename the remote named <old> to <new>. All remote tracking
branches and configuration settings for the remote are updated.
In case <old> and <new> are the same, and <old> is a file under
$GIT_DIR/remotes or $GIT_DIR/branches, the remote is converted to
the configuration file format.
Remove the remote named <name>. All remote tracking branches and
configuration settings for the remote are removed.
Sets or deletes the default branch ($GIT_DIR/remotes/<name>/HEAD)
for the named remote. Having a default branch for a remote is not
required, but allows the name of the remote to be specified in lieu
of a specific branch. For example, if the default branch for origin
is set to master, then origin may be specified wherever you would
normally specify origin/master.
With -d, $GIT_DIR/remotes/<name>/HEAD is deleted.
With -a, the remote is queried to determine its HEAD, then
$GIT_DIR/remotes/<name>/HEAD is set to the same branch. e.g., if
the remote HEAD is pointed at next, "git remote set-head origin -a"
will set $GIT_DIR/refs/remotes/origin/HEAD to
refs/remotes/origin/next. This will only work if
refs/remotes/origin/next already exists; if not it must be fetched
Use <branch> to set $GIT_DIR/remotes/<name>/HEAD explicitly. e.g.,
"git remote set-head origin master" will set
$GIT_DIR/refs/remotes/origin/HEAD to refs/remotes/origin/master.
This will only work if refs/remotes/origin/master already exists;
if not it must be fetched first.
Changes URL remote points to. Sets first URL remote points to
matching regex <oldurl> (first URL if no <oldurl> is given) to
<newurl>. If <oldurl> doesn't match any URL, error occurs and
nothing is changed.
With --push, push URLs are manipulated instead of fetch URLs.
With --add, instead of changing some URL, new URL is added.
With --delete, instead of changing some URL, all URLs matching
regex <url> are deleted. Trying to delete all non-push URLs is an
Gives some information about the remote <name>.
With -n option, the remote heads are not queried first with git
ls-remote <name>; cached information is used instead.
Deletes all stale tracking branches under <name>. These stale
branches have already been removed from the remote repository
referenced by <name>, but are still locally available in
With --dry-run option, report what branches will be pruned, but do
not actually prune them.
Fetch updates for a named set of remotes in the repository as
defined by remotes.<group>. If a named group is not specified on
the command line, the configuration parameter remotes.default will
be used; if remotes.default is not defined, all remotes which do
not have the configuration parameter
remote.<name>.skipDefaultUpdate set to true will be updated. (See
With --prune option, prune all the remotes that are updated.
The remote configuration is achieved using the remote.origin.url and
remote.origin.fetch configuration variables. (See git-config(1)).
o Add a new remote, fetch, and check out a branch from it
$ git remote
$ git branch -r
$ git remote add linux-nfs git://linux-nfs.org/pub/linux/nfs-2.6.git
$ git remote
$ git fetch
* refs/remotes/linux-nfs/master: storing branch 'master' ...
$ git branch -r
$ git checkout -b nfs linux-nfs/master
o Imitate git clone but track only selected branches
$ mkdir project.git
$ cd project.git
$ git init
$ git remote add -f -t master -m master origin git://example.com/git.git/
$ git merge origin
git-fetch(1) git-branch(1) git-config(1)
Written by Junio Hamano
Documentation by J. Bruce Fields and the git-list
Part of the git(1) suite