How to add a remote repository to your Git?

When you work in a company with lots of employees or you collaborate on a project with many participants, who contribute to the same code base, it’s definitely is a good idea to use git.

Myself I have never experienced any problems until I’ve got a project with many contributors and their codes that I’d wish to see. And/or to cherry-pick some commits later on. Anyhow it led me to the point that it became a nightmare. So I struggled a little bit until I realized that it cannot be made so dumb – There must be a proper way to manage this, I thought.

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And frankly, git has indeed made it fairly easy by introducing git remote add command for us.

As it follows here in the example, I am going to add another repository by executing

git remote add codebuddies [email protected]:codebuddiesdotorg/codebuddies.git

Where codebuddies is a resource name and [email protected]:codebuddiesdotorg/codebuddies.git is a resource URL which was origin by the way, but I changed it using git remote set-url once I forked codebuddies repository.

Regardless, using git fetch, I received all the repositories available.

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And now I can take a look at other branches prepared there by typing:

git checkout codebuddies/master

Don’t worry it won’t do any harm, though. You are going to be in so-called detached HEAD which is totally fine in case you want to observe the changes and to play around in your work ground, for instance, to run meteor server.

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Although, if you want to save your changes that you’ve done here you have to create a new branch with git checkout -b or git checkout b <remote/branch-name> before entering the ‘detached HEAD’ state.

No matter which way you decide to go, you can run a cherry-pick with commit id available in the other remote branch. So good luck!

Thanks a lot for bypassing this short tutorial. As always don’t forget to leave comments below if you have any questions, press thumb up, and I highly appreciate for sharing the link with others!

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Aidan Rudkovskyi

Software Engineer @floorplanner

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