Keeping A GitHub Fork Updated

I forked a GitHub repo thoughtbot/dotfiles to croaky/dotfiles and want to keep it updated.


After I forked the repo to your Github account, I did this one time:

git clone
cd dotfiles
git remote add upstream


Each time I want to update, from my local master branch:

git fetch upstream
git rebase upstream/master

The goal of the rebase is to have a cleaner history if I have local changes or commits on the repo. It’s the difference between the the left and the right in the image below.


Commit rights upstream

If I also have commit rights to the upstream repo, I can create a local upstream branch and do work that will go upstream there.

git checkout -b upstream upstream/master
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