You can clone a remote repository to your local machine. If you run into errors, there are some common troubleshooting solutions.

Cloning a repository

When you create a repository on GitHub, it exists as a remote repository. You can clone your repository to create a local copy on your computer and sync between the two locations.

HTTPs cloning errors

There are a few common errors when using HTTPS with Git. These errors usually indicate you have an old version of Git, or you don't have access to the repository.

Error: repository not found

If you see this error when cloning a repository, it means that the repository does not exist or you do not have permission to access it. There are a few solutions to this error, depending on the cause.

Error: remote HEAD refers to nonexistent ref, unable to checkout

This error occurs if the default branch of a repository has been deleted on GitHub.