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How to move to a fork after cloning
So you've cloned somebody's repo from github, but now you want to fork it and contribute back. Never fear!
Technically, when you fork "origin" should be your fork and "upstream" should be the project you forked; however, if you're willing to break this convention then it's easy.
* Off the top of my head *
1. Fork their repo on Github
2. In your local, add a new remote to your fork; then fetch it, and push your changes up to it
git remote add my-fork
git fetch my-fork
git push my-fork
Otherwise, if you want to follow convention:
1. Fork their repo on Github
2. In your local, rename your origin remote to upstream
git remote rename origin upstream
3. Add a new origin
git remote add origin
4. Fetch & push
git fetch origin
git push origin
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Thanks !

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sslupsky commented May 8, 2019

Thank you. :-)

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Thank you very much!

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Isn't the simplest way to switch to your fork being the new remote origin just like this?

git remote set-url origin

(After that, git push pushes to your fork. Done.)


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You legend <3

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Wonderful! Thank you!

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aseevia commented Jan 15, 2020


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Thanks man. Used to SVN but new to git.

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I followed your "convention" instructions and they worked!

However, to allow me to just perform git push to push updates to my fork, I had to perform the following command:

git push -u origin branchname

Without performing the push -u a simple git push tried to push to the upstream repo.
👍 for @HeatfanJohn

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Rmano commented Apr 24, 2020


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Thanx a lot!

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OGALI commented Jun 5, 2020

Perfect 👍

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Thank you!!!

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Thanks a lot! Worked for me

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doronz2 commented Nov 9, 2020

Thanks a lot!

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Thank you!

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jayleekr commented Jan 2, 2021

Thanks man this is really helpfull

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Thanks 👍

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lesywix commented Aug 8, 2021


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Thanks a lot

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Still good, thanks 👍

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You know what's hilarious? I literally searched for the opening sentence in this gist.

More people should open their help with "So you want to ... X" :)

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Thank you ! Couldn't find this straight answer anywhere else.

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Wonderfully straight forward and helpful!

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TomasHubelbauer commented Jan 20, 2023

⚠️ Easier solution alert ⚠️

  • Download and install
  • Run gh repo fork in the repository you cloned that isn't yours
  • Allow the tool to update origin
  • Make your changes and push
  • Select origin as your desired upstream, upstream is a new origin pointing to the original fork's repo!

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