Working With Git Remotes

Estimated 4 minute read · Tuesday, 29 January 2019

I have a repository with two remotes. origin is my personal repository and bitbucket is by BitBucket repository. The nugget of this post is to push to both branches in one command.

The git remote command lets you create, view, and delete connections to other repositories. Remote connections are more like bookmarks rather than direct links into other repositories. Instead of providing real-time access to another repository, they serve as convenient names that can be used to reference a not-so-convenient URL. ~ Atlassian

This post forms part of a sequence of command line references that I will be writing where I forget the command or its syntax or find it interesting enough to document it.

Although it's Google-able, there are a chain of commands that I want kept together for ease of use.

The commands I use should be universal but in case it's necessary, I am running Fedora release 28 (Twenty Eight) and Zsh.

Also, if you want to contribute something interesting in any of my posts, please create a pull-request or write a comment below. 😄

Cheat Sheet


Verbose output. Fetch and push URLs for each remote.

git remote -v

Git remotes

URLs for the remote. --all and --push switches available.

git remote get-url <name>

example: git remote get-url --all origin git remote get-url --push origin

Git get-url

Get information about remote.

git remote show origin
* remote origin
  Fetch URL: git@github.com:clarice/ahoy.git
  Push  URL: git@github.com:clarice/ahoy.git
  HEAD branch: master
  Remote branch:
    master tracked
  Local branch configured for 'git pull':
    master merges with remote master
  Local ref configured for 'git push':
    master pushes to master (up to date)


Create a new remote.

git remote add <name> <url>

example: git remote add another git@another.com:clarice/ahoy.git

Add a remote that tracks selected branches.

git remote add -f -t <branch> -m <branch> origin git@another.com/clarice/ahoy.git

example: git remote add -f -t <branch> -m <branch> origin git@another.com/clarice/ahoy.git


Remote-tracking branches and configuration settings are removed.

git remote rm <name>

example: git remote remove another

Deletes stale references associated with remote.

git remote prune <name> --dry-run

example: git remote prune origin --dry-run


Single remote

Push local changes to a remote.

git push <remote> <branch>

example: git remote push another

All remotes

All branches

Push local changes to all remotes.

git remote | xargs -L1 git push --all
Specific branch

Push local changes for a specific branch to all remotes.

git remote | xargs -L1 -I R git push R <branch>

example: git remote | xargs -L1 -I R git push R master

Create an alias

Create an alias to push local changes to all remotes for all branches.

git config --global alias.pushall '!git remote | xargs -L1 git push --all'



Rename remote. All remote-tracking branches and configuration settings for the remote are updated.

git remote rename <old-name> <new-name>

example: git remote rename github hub

Change URLs

Set a new URL for the remote. --push, --add and --delete switches are available.

git remote --push set-url <name> <url>

example: git remote set-url --push origin git@github.com:clarice/ahoy.com


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