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Fetch a remote branch in Git

Fetch a remote branch in Git

David Y.

The ProblemJump To Solution

In my Git repository, how do I fetch a branch from a remote to start working on locally? There is no equivalently named branch in my local repository.

The Solution

We can do this using git fetch to retrieve the remote branch and git switch to work on it locally. First, fetch the remote branch:

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git fetch remote-branch

Then switch to it:

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git switch remote-branch

Under the hood, this command will create a local branch named remote-branch, which tracks the version of remote-branch on the repository’s remote, and check it out. We can then make commits, push them, and pull others’ commits from this branch as usual.

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