Git and GitHub Essentials - #3 Working with Remotes

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📌Section 1.1: Setting a Remote Branch

git remote add origin /link/to/git/repo

📌 Section 1.2: Deleting a Remote Branch

To delete a remote branch in Git:

git push [remote-name] --delete [branch-name]

📌Section 1.3: Changing Git Remote URL

Check existing remote

git remote -v
# origin (fetch)
# origin (push)

Changing repository URL

git remote set-url origin
# Change the 'origin' remote's URL

Verify new remote URL

git remote -v
# origin (fetch)
# origin (push)

📌Section 1.4: List Existing Remotes

List all the existing remotes associated with this repository:

git remote

List all the existing remotes associated with this repository in detail including the fetch and push URLs:

git remote --verbose

or simply

git remote -v

📌Section 1.5: Getting Started

Syntax for pushing to a remote branch

git push <remote_name> <branch_name>


git push origin master

📌Section 1.6: Renaming a Remote

To rename remote, use command git remote rename The git remote rename command takes two arguments:

  • An existing remote name, for example : origin
  • A new name for the remote, for example : destination Get existing remote name
    git remote
    # origin
    Check existing remote with URL
    git remote -v
    # origin (fetch)
    # origin (push)
    Rename remote
    git remote rename origin destination
    # Change remote name from 'origin' to 'destination'
    Verify new name
    git remote -v
    # destination (fetch)
    # destination (push)
    === Posible Errors ===
  • Could not rename config section 'remote.[old name]' to 'remote.[new name]' This error means that the remote you tried the old remote name (origin) doesn't exist.
  • Remote [new name] already exists. Error message is self explanatory

📌Section 1.7: Show information about a Specific Remote

Output some information about a known remote: origin

git remote show origin

Print just the remote's URL:

git config --get remote.origin.url

📌Section 1.8: Set the URL for a Specific Remote

You can change the url of an existing remote by the command

git remote set-url remote-name url

📌Section 1.9: Get the URL for a Specific Remote

You can obtain the url for an existing remote by using the command

git remote get-url <name>

By default, this will be

git remote get-url origin

📌Section 1.10: Changing a Remote Repository

To change the URL of the repository you want your remote to point to, you can use the set-url option, like so:

git remote set-url <remote_name> <remote_repository_url>

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