You can clone exisiting repositories added to GitHub Desktop.

After you provide your GitHub or GitHub Enterprise credentials to GitHub Desktop, the app automatically detects the personal and organization repositories you have access to on your account. For forked repositories, GitHub Desktop automatically adds a remote URL corresponding to the upstream repository.

Cloning a fork

Because GitHub Desktop knows the remote URL for the upstream repository, the app fetches from it, as well as origin, when you sync. This is great if you're not ready for the command line.

Notes:

Cloning repositories

  1. In the top left corner of the app, click .

    Add create clone button in Mac app

  2. At the top of the menu, click Clone.

    The Clone option in the Mac app

  3. Select a repository under your username, or if you're working with an organization repository, under the name of the organization. Select a repository
  4. At the bottom of the menu, click Clone REPOSITORY.

    Clone repository button

  1. In the top left corner of the app, click .

    Add create clone button in Windows app

  2. At the top of the menu, click Clone.

    The Clone option in the Windows app

  3. In the left sidebar, do one of the following:
    • To work with a personal repository, select your username.
    • To work with a repository that belongs to an organization you're a member of, select the name of the organization. Organization selected in the sidebar
  4. In the list of repositories for the selected account, click the repository you'd like to clone. Select a repository
  5. At the bottom of the menu, click Clone REPOSITORY.

    Clone repository button