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Create a tunnel to github with the git default daemon port like this:

$ ssh

And clone repositories replacing with localhost, like so:

$ git clone git://localhost/someuser/someproject.git

If you want to preserve the “correct” metadata, there are several options

  1. replace localhost origin with after cloning
    git remote rm origin
    git remote add origin git://

  2. add to your hosts file and point it to

  3. add to your ~/.ssh/config:
      HostName localhost

  4. use your favourite packet forwarder, example for Mac OS X:
    sudo ipfw add 00100 fwd,9418 tcp from me to dst-port 9418

    and when you are done, don’t forget to remove it:
    sudo ipfw delete 00100

    (use caution, especially if you are using ipfw already and have rule 00100 in place)

Stuck behind a corporate firewall? Justin Bailey has a good guide. Scroll down for a *nix solution as well.


Thanks for these instructions, I did all of the above and I am able to clone, but when I tried to push, I am getting these errors:[0:]: errno=Operation timed out
fatal: unable to connect a socket (Operation timed out)

Do you know what the reason might be? I really want to get git working behind my stupid corporate firewall


This isn't my guide, it was just submitted by a user. There are some other guides over at if they help. Smart HTTP might be your best bet.

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