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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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neoVincent commented Mar 12, 2020


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tabarnakos commented Mar 26, 2020

Thanks man. Used to SVN but new to git.

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tabarnakos commented Mar 26, 2020

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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ericsson49 commented May 13, 2020

Thanx a lot!

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OGALI commented Jun 5, 2020

Perfect 👍

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HatHeadNinja commented Jul 22, 2020

Thank you!!!

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nir-logzio commented Aug 2, 2020


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maniSHarma7575 commented Aug 22, 2020

Thanks a lot! Worked for me

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diregraph commented Sep 17, 2020


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doronz2 commented Nov 9, 2020

Thanks a lot!

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sujayvadlakonda commented Dec 7, 2020

Thank you!

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jayleekr commented Jan 2, 2021

Thanks man this is really helpfull

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mikeschinkel commented Mar 22, 2021


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clmcavaney commented May 25, 2021

Thanks 👍

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lesywix commented Aug 8, 2021


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ripudaman17 commented Oct 1, 2021

Thanks a lot

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Bug-Reaper commented Jan 16, 2022

Still good, thanks 👍

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flipphillips commented Feb 28, 2022

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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