Sync a fork of a repository to keep it up-to-date with the upstream repository.

Before you can sync your fork with an upstream repository, you must configure a remote that points to the upstream repository in Git.

  1. Open TerminalTerminalGit Bash.

  2. Change the current working directory to your local project.

  3. Fetch the branches and their respective commits from the upstream repository. Commits to master will be stored in a local branch, upstream/master.

    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.
     * [new branch]      master     -> upstream/master
  4. Check out your fork's local master branch.

    git checkout master
    Switched to branch 'master'
  5. Merge the changes from upstream/master into your local master branch. This brings your fork's master branch into sync with the upstream repository, without losing your local changes.

    git merge upstream/master
    Updating a422352..5fdff0f
     README                    |    9 -------                 |    7 ++++++
     2 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
     delete mode 100644 README
     create mode 100644

    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                 |    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 your GitHub Enterprise instance, you must push your changes.