How to Change a Git Remote's URL
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Git remote is a pointer that refers to another copy of the repository that is usually hosted on a remote server.
In some situations, like when the remote repository is migrated to another host, you need to change the remote’s URL.
This guide explains how to change the URL of a Git remote.
Changing a Git Remote’s URL
Each Git repository can have zero or more Git remotes linked to it. When you clone a repository, the name of the remote is set automatically to origin and points to the repository that you cloned from. If you created the repository locally, you can add a new remote .
The remote can point to a repository hosted on a Git hosting service such as GitHub, GitLab, and BitBucket or your private Git server.
To change the URL of a remote:
Change to the directory where the repository is located:
git remoteto list the existing remotes and see their names and URLs:
git remote -v
The output will look something like this:
origin https://github.com/user/repo_name.git (fetch) origin https://github.com/user/repo_name.git (push)
git remote set-urlcommand followed by the remote name, and the remote’s URL:
git remote set-url <remote-name> <remote-url>
The remote’s URL can start with HTTPS or SSH, depending on the protocol you’re using. If no protocol is specified, it defaults to SSH. The URL can be found on the repository page of your Git hosting service.
For example, to change the URL of the
email@example.com:user/repo_name.gityou would type:
git remote set-url origin firstname.lastname@example.org:user/repo_name.git
Verify that the remote’s URL was successfully changed by listing the remote connections:
git remote -v
The output should look like this:
origin ssh://email@example.com:user/repo_name.git (fetch) origin ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org:user/repo_name.git (push)
That’s it. You have successfully changed the URL of the remote.
git remote set-url command actually does is update the repository
.git/config file with a new URL to the remote repository.
... [remote "origin"] url = email@example.com:user/repo_name.git fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
You can also change the remote’s URL by editing the
.git/config file with a text editor. However, it is recommended to use the git command.
Changing a Git remote’s URL is as simple as running:
git remote set-url <remote-name> <remote-url>.
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