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Managing suggestions to update pull request branches

You can give users the ability to always update a pull request branch when it is not up to date with the base branch.

Who can use this feature

People with maintainer permissions can enable or disable the setting to suggest updating pull request branches.

About suggestions to update a pull request branch

If you enable the setting to always suggest updating pull request branches in your repository, people with write permissions will always have the ability, on the pull request page, to update a pull request's head branch when it's not up to date with the base branch. When not enabled, the ability to update is only available when the base branch requires branches to be up to date before merging and the branch is not up to date. For more information, see "Keeping your pull request in sync with the base branch."

Note: This feature was unavailable in GitHub Enterprise Server 3.5.0, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, and 3.5.3. The feature is available in 3.5.4 and later. For more information about upgrades, contact your site administrator.

For more information about determining the version of GitHub Enterprise Server you're using, see "About versions of GitHub Docs."

Managing suggestions to update a pull request branch

  1. On your GitHub Enterprise Server instance, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Under your repository name, click Settings. If you cannot see the "Settings" tab, select the dropdown menu, then click Settings.

    Screenshot of a repository header showing the tabs. The "Settings" tab is highlighted by a dark orange outline.

  3. Under "Pull Requests", select or unselect Always suggest updating pull request branches.