Managing Git remotes

This post goes over how to manage Git remotes using Bitbucket as an example.

Add remote

To track a local repository to a remote repository:

git remote add origin

Here, the username is user, the repository name is repo, the remote repository is, and the remote name is origin.

Set master as the upstream branch:

git push -u origin master

Show remote

To show the remote name and URL:

git remote -v
origin (fetch)
origin (push)

What if you want to add a new remote and replace it as origin? You can rename the current remote and add a new remote.

Rename remote

To rename the remote:

git remote rename origin bitbucket

Here, we renamed origin to bitbucket.

Then add remote origin again and point it to GitHub:

git remote add origin
git push -u

Now when you show remote:

git remote -v
bitbucket (fetch)
bitbucket (push)
origin (fetch)
origin (push)

You see there’s bitbucket and origin.

Fetch, pull, push

When you fetch, pull, and push, you’re doing it against the default, which is origin:

git fetch # git fetch origin
git pull # git pull origin
git push # git push origin

To fetch, pull, and push to Bitbucket, you can specify the bitbucket remote:

git fetch bitbucket
git pull bitbucket
git push bitbucket

Remove remote

To remove the bitbucket remote:

git remote rm bitbucket

Change remote URL

To change the remote’s URL:

git remote set-url origin

Here, we’re setting the URL of origin back to Bitbucket.

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