Sync a fork of a repository to keep it up-to-date with the upstream repository.
Tip: Before you can sync your fork with an upstream repository, you must configure a remote that points to the upstream repository in Git.
- Open Terminal (for Mac users) or the command prompt (for Windows and Linux users) .
- Change the current working directory to your local project.
Fetch the branches and their respective commits from the upstream repository. Commits to
masterwill be stored in a local branch,
git fetch upstream # remote: Counting objects: 75, done. # remote: Compressing objects: 100% (53/53), done. # remote: Total 62 (delta 27), reused 44 (delta 9) # Unpacking objects: 100% (62/62), done. # From https://github.com/ORIGINAL_OWNER/ORIGINAL_REPOSITORY # * [new branch] master -> upstream/master
Check out your fork's local
git checkout master # Switched to branch 'master'
Merge the changes from
upstream/masterinto your local
masterbranch. This brings your fork's
masterbranch into sync with the upstream repository, without losing your local changes.
git merge upstream/master # Updating a422352..5fdff0f # Fast-forward # README | 9 ------- # README.md | 7 ++++++ # 2 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-) # delete mode 100644 README # create mode 100644 README.md
If your local branch didn't have any unique commits, Git will instead perform a "fast-forward":
git merge upstream/master # Updating 34e91da..16c56ad # Fast-forward # README.md | 5 +++-- # 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
Tip: Syncing your fork only updates your local copy of the repository. To update your fork on GitHub, you must push your changes.