Keeping A Github Fork Updated
I still find myself having to look up how to update my forked Github repositories so I’m creating a quick post for future use. The steps below are what I use to keep the code I’ve forked current with its original repository.
Setting up the Clone
If you haven’t cloned your forked repository yet, do so with:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:alexle/bootstrap.git cd bootstrap
In the commands above, “alexle” and “bootstrap” should be replaced with your Github name and the name of your fork, respectively.
Configuring the Upstream
Add another remote repository, one that points to the original repository. It can be any name you choose; I always name mine “upstream” to stay consistent.
git remote add upstream git://github.com/twitter/bootstrap.git
Your remote repositories can be viewed with “git remote -v”. Note there should already be an “origin” remote target in your fork.
Updating the Fork
To pull changes from the main repository into your forked repository:
git fetch upstream git merge upstream/master git push
And voila! This brings your repo up-to-date.