Migrate remote servers in git repositories
With news like Microsoft buying GitHub people might migrate their repositories between services or add them to organizations.
The git design features a remote repository where our commits are stored (like GitHub, GitLab or Bitbucket). The default remote repository is called
We have two choices: Overwrite the
origin destination URL, or make a new remote in our git repository.
Now we will start the process to migrate our repo.
Do a fresh clone of your current repo
Clone the repo to migrate to a temporary directory:
cd /tmp git clone email@example.com:username/myrepo.git
Migrate the repo
In your new git remote service (or organization) create a blank repository, as an example, we will assume
origin destination (recommended)
Go to your local repo directory, change the
origin URL and push changes:
cd /tmp/myrepo git remote set-url origin firstname.lastname@example.org:username/myrepo.git git push -u origin master
Add new remote repository
Go to your local repo directory, add a new repository URL (in our case, we call it
backup) and push changes:
cd /tmp/myrepo git remote add backup email@example.com:username/myrepo.git git push -u origin backup
Verify your changes
You can verify your remotes in your local repo with:
git remote -v
And also be sure to check your new remote repository in their website. :)