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git-push - Update remote refs along with associated objects
git push [--all | --mirror | --tags] [--follow-tags] [-n | --dry-run] [--receive-pack=<git-receive-pack>]
[--repo=<repository>] [-f | --force] [--prune] [-v | --verbose] [-u | --set-upstream]
Updates remote refs using local refs, while sending objects necessary to complete the
You can make interesting things happen to a repository every time you push into it, by
setting up hooks there. See documentation for git-receive-pack(1).
When the command line does not specify where to push with the <repository> argument,
branch.*.remote configuration for the current branch is consulted to determine where to
push. If the configuration is missing, it defaults to origin.
When the command line does not specify what to push with <refspec>... arguments or --all,
--mirror, --tags options, the command finds the default <refspec> by consulting
remote.*.push configuration, and if it is not found, honors push.default configuration to
decide what to push (See gitlink:git-config for the meaning of push.default).
The "remote" repository that is destination of a push operation. This parameter can be
either a URL (see the section GIT URLS below) or the name of a remote (see the section
Specify what destination ref to update with what source object. The format of a
<refspec> parameter is an optional plus +, followed by the source object <src>,
followed by a colon :, followed by the destination ref <dst>.
The <src> is often the name of the branch you would want to push, but it can be any
arbitrary "SHA-1 expression", such as master~4 or HEAD (see gitrevisions(7)).
The <dst> tells which ref on the remote side is updated with this push. Arbitrary
expressions cannot be used here, an actual ref must be named. If :<dst> is omitted,
the same ref as <src> will be updated.
The object referenced by <src> is used to update the <dst> reference on the remote
side. By default this is only allowed if <dst> is not a tag (annotated or
lightweight), and then only if it can fast-forward <dst>. By having the optional
leading +, you can tell Git to update the <dst> ref even if it is not allowed by
default (e.g., it is not a fast-forward.) This does not attempt to merge <src> into
<dst>. See EXAMPLES below for details.
tag <tag> means the same as refs/tags/<tag>:refs/tags/<tag>.
Pushing an empty <src> allows you to delete the <dst> ref from the remote repository.
The special refspec : (or +: to allow non-fast-forward updates) directs Git to push
"matching" branches: for every branch that exists on the local side, the remote side
is updated if a branch of the same name already exists on the remote side.
Instead of naming each ref to push, specifies that all refs under refs/heads/ be
Remove remote branches that don't have a local counterpart. For example a remote
branch tmp will be removed if a local branch with the same name doesn't exist any
more. This also respects refspecs, e.g. git push --prune remote
refs/heads/*:refs/tmp/* would make sure that remote refs/tmp/foo will be removed if
refs/heads/foo doesn't exist.
Instead of naming each ref to push, specifies that all refs under refs/ (which
includes but is not limited to refs/heads/, refs/remotes/, and refs/tags/) be mirrored
to the remote repository. Newly created local refs will be pushed to the remote end,
locally updated refs will be force updated on the remote end, and deleted refs will be
removed from the remote end. This is the default if the configuration option
remote.<remote>.mirror is set.
Do everything except actually send the updates.
Produce machine-readable output. The output status line for each ref will be
tab-separated and sent to stdout instead of stderr. The full symbolic names of the
refs will be given.
All listed refs are deleted from the remote repository. This is the same as prefixing
all refs with a colon.
All refs under refs/tags are pushed, in addition to refspecs explicitly listed on the
Push all the refs that would be pushed without this option, and also push annotated
tags in refs/tags that are missing from the remote but are pointing at committish that
are reachable from the refs being pushed.
Path to the git-receive-pack program on the remote end. Sometimes useful when pushing
to a remote repository over ssh, and you do not have the program in a directory on the
Usually, the command refuses to update a remote ref that is not an ancestor of the
local ref used to overwrite it. This flag disables the check. This can cause the
remote repository to lose commits; use it with care.
This option is only relevant if no <repository> argument is passed in the invocation.
In this case, git push derives the remote name from the current branch: If it tracks a
remote branch, then that remote repository is pushed to. Otherwise, the name "origin"
is used. For this latter case, this option can be used to override the name "origin".
In other words, the difference between these two commands
git push public #1
git push --repo=public #2
is that #1 always pushes to "public" whereas #2 pushes to "public" only if the current
branch does not track a remote branch. This is useful if you write an alias or script
around git push.
For every branch that is up to date or successfully pushed, add upstream (tracking)
reference, used by argument-less git-pull(1) and other commands. For more information,
see branch.<name>.merge in git-config(1).
These options are passed to git-send-pack(1). A thin transfer significantly reduces
the amount of sent data when the sender and receiver share many of the same objects in
common. The default is --thin.
Suppress all output, including the listing of updated refs, unless an error occurs.
Progress is not reported to the standard error stream.
Progress status is reported on the standard error stream by default when it is
attached to a terminal, unless -q is specified. This flag forces progress status even
if the standard error stream is not directed to a terminal.
Make sure all submodule commits used by the revisions to be pushed are available on a
remote-tracking branch. If check is used Git will verify that all submodule commits
that changed in the revisions to be pushed are available on at least one remote of the
submodule. If any commits are missing the push will be aborted and exit with non-zero
status. If on-demand is used all submodules that changed in the revisions to be pushed
will be pushed. If on-demand was not able to push all necessary revisions it will also
be aborted and exit with non-zero status.
In general, URLs contain information about the transport protocol, the address of the
remote server, and the path to the repository. Depending on the transport protocol, some
of this information may be absent.
Git supports ssh, git, http, and https protocols (in addition, ftp, and ftps can be used
for fetching and rsync can be used for fetching and pushing, but these are inefficient and
deprecated; do not use them).
The following syntaxes may be used with them:
An alternative scp-like syntax may also be used with the ssh protocol:
The ssh and git protocols additionally support ~username expansion:
For local repositories, also supported by Git natively, the following syntaxes may be
These two syntaxes are mostly equivalent, except when cloning, when the former implies
--local option. See git-clone(1) for details.
When Git doesn't know how to handle a certain transport protocol, it attempts to use the
remote-<transport> remote helper, if one exists. To explicitly request a remote helper,
the following syntax may be used:
where <address> may be a path, a server and path, or an arbitrary URL-like string
recognized by the specific remote helper being invoked. See gitremote-helpers(1) for
If there are a large number of similarly-named remote repositories and you want to use a
different format for them (such that the URLs you use will be rewritten into URLs that
work), you can create a configuration section of the form:
[url "<actual url base>"]
insteadOf = <other url base>
For example, with this:
insteadOf = host.xz:/path/to/
insteadOf = work:
a URL like "work:repo.git" or like "host.xz:/path/to/repo.git" will be rewritten in any
context that takes a URL to be "git://git.host.xz/repo.git".
If you want to rewrite URLs for push only, you can create a configuration section of the
[url "<actual url base>"]
pushInsteadOf = <other url base>
For example, with this:
pushInsteadOf = git://example.org/
a URL like "git://example.org/path/to/repo.git" will be rewritten to
"ssh://example.org/path/to/repo.git" for pushes, but pulls will still use the original
The name of one of the following can be used instead of a URL as <repository> argument:
o a remote in the Git configuration file: $GIT_DIR/config,
o a file in the $GIT_DIR/remotes directory, or
o a file in the $GIT_DIR/branches directory.
All of these also allow you to omit the refspec from the command line because they each
contain a refspec which git will use by default.
Named remote in configuration file
You can choose to provide the name of a remote which you had previously configured using
git-remote(1), git-config(1) or even by a manual edit to the $GIT_DIR/config file. The URL
of this remote will be used to access the repository. The refspec of this remote will be
used by default when you do not provide a refspec on the command line. The entry in the
config file would appear like this:
url = <url>
pushurl = <pushurl>
push = <refspec>
fetch = <refspec>
The <pushurl> is used for pushes only. It is optional and defaults to <url>.
Named file in $GIT_DIR/remotes
You can choose to provide the name of a file in $GIT_DIR/remotes. The URL in this file
will be used to access the repository. The refspec in this file will be used as default
when you do not provide a refspec on the command line. This file should have the following
URL: one of the above URL format
Push: lines are used by git push and Pull: lines are used by git pull and git fetch.
Multiple Push: and Pull: lines may be specified for additional branch mappings.
Named file in $GIT_DIR/branches
You can choose to provide the name of a file in $GIT_DIR/branches. The URL in this file
will be used to access the repository. This file should have the following format:
<url> is required; #<head> is optional.
Depending on the operation, git will use one of the following refspecs, if you don't
provide one on the command line. <branch> is the name of this file in $GIT_DIR/branches
and <head> defaults to master.
git fetch uses:
git push uses:
The output of "git push" depends on the transport method used; this section describes the
output when pushing over the Git protocol (either locally or via ssh).
The status of the push is output in tabular form, with each line representing the status
of a single ref. Each line is of the form:
<flag> <summary> <from> -> <to> (<reason>)
If --porcelain is used, then each line of the output is of the form:
<flag> \t <from>:<to> \t <summary> (<reason>)
The status of up-to-date refs is shown only if --porcelain or --verbose option is used.
A single character indicating the status of the ref:
for a successfully pushed fast-forward;
for a successful forced update;
for a successfully deleted ref;
for a successfully pushed new ref;
for a ref that was rejected or failed to push; and
for a ref that was up to date and did not need pushing.
For a successfully pushed ref, the summary shows the old and new values of the ref in
a form suitable for using as an argument to git log (this is <old>..<new> in most
cases, and <old>...<new> for forced non-fast-forward updates).
For a failed update, more details are given:
Git did not try to send the ref at all, typically because it is not a fast-forward
and you did not force the update.
The remote end refused the update. Usually caused by a hook on the remote side, or
because the remote repository has one of the following safety options in effect:
receive.denyCurrentBranch (for pushes to the checked out branch),
receive.denyNonFastForwards (for forced non-fast-forward updates),
receive.denyDeletes or receive.denyDeleteCurrent. See git-config(1).
The remote end did not report the successful update of the ref, perhaps because of
a temporary error on the remote side, a break in the network connection, or other
The name of the local ref being pushed, minus its refs/<type>/ prefix. In the case of
deletion, the name of the local ref is omitted.
The name of the remote ref being updated, minus its refs/<type>/ prefix.
A human-readable explanation. In the case of successfully pushed refs, no explanation
is needed. For a failed ref, the reason for failure is described.
NOTE ABOUT FAST-FORWARDS
When an update changes a branch (or more in general, a ref) that used to point at commit A
to point at another commit B, it is called a fast-forward update if and only if B is a
descendant of A.
In a fast-forward update from A to B, the set of commits that the original commit A built
on top of is a subset of the commits the new commit B builds on top of. Hence, it does not
lose any history.
In contrast, a non-fast-forward update will lose history. For example, suppose you and
somebody else started at the same commit X, and you built a history leading to commit B
while the other person built a history leading to commit A. The history looks like this:
Further suppose that the other person already pushed changes leading to A back to the
original repository from which you two obtained the original commit X.
The push done by the other person updated the branch that used to point at commit X to
point at commit A. It is a fast-forward.
But if you try to push, you will attempt to update the branch (that now points at A) with
commit B. This does not fast-forward. If you did so, the changes introduced by commit A
will be lost, because everybody will now start building on top of B.
The command by default does not allow an update that is not a fast-forward to prevent such
loss of history.
If you do not want to lose your work (history from X to B) nor the work by the other
person (history from X to A), you would need to first fetch the history from the
repository, create a history that contains changes done by both parties, and push the
You can perform "git pull", resolve potential conflicts, and "git push" the result. A "git
pull" will create a merge commit C between commits A and B.
Updating A with the resulting merge commit will fast-forward and your push will be
Alternatively, you can rebase your change between X and B on top of A, with "git pull
--rebase", and push the result back. The rebase will create a new commit D that builds the
change between X and B on top of A.
Again, updating A with this commit will fast-forward and your push will be accepted.
There is another common situation where you may encounter non-fast-forward rejection when
you try to push, and it is possible even when you are pushing into a repository nobody
else pushes into. After you push commit A yourself (in the first picture in this section),
replace it with "git commit --amend" to produce commit B, and you try to push it out,
because forgot that you have pushed A out already. In such a case, and only if you are
certain that nobody in the meantime fetched your earlier commit A (and started building on
top of it), you can run "git push --force" to overwrite it. In other words, "git push
--force" is a method reserved for a case where you do mean to lose history.
Works like git push <remote>, where <remote> is the current branch's remote (or
origin, if no remote is configured for the current branch).
git push origin
Without additional configuration, works like git push origin :.
The default behavior of this command when no <refspec> is given can be configured by
setting the push option of the remote, or the push.default configuration variable.
For example, to default to pushing only the current branch to origin use git config
remote.origin.push HEAD. Any valid <refspec> (like the ones in the examples below) can
be configured as the default for git push origin.
git push origin :
Push "matching" branches to origin. See <refspec> in the OPTIONS section above for a
description of "matching" branches.
git push origin master
Find a ref that matches master in the source repository (most likely, it would find
refs/heads/master), and update the same ref (e.g. refs/heads/master) in origin
repository with it. If master did not exist remotely, it would be created.
git push origin HEAD
A handy way to push the current branch to the same name on the remote.
git push mothership master:satellite/master dev:satellite/dev
Use the source ref that matches master (e.g. refs/heads/master) to update the ref
that matches satellite/master (most probably refs/remotes/satellite/master) in the
mothership repository; do the same for dev and satellite/dev.
This is to emulate git fetch run on the mothership using git push that is run in the
opposite direction in order to integrate the work done on satellite, and is often
necessary when you can only make connection in one way (i.e. satellite can ssh into
mothership but mothership cannot initiate connection to satellite because the latter
is behind a firewall or does not run sshd).
After running this git push on the satellite machine, you would ssh into the
mothership and run git merge there to complete the emulation of git pull that were run
on mothership to pull changes made on satellite.
git push origin HEAD:master
Push the current branch to the remote ref matching master in the origin repository.
This form is convenient to push the current branch without thinking about its local
git push origin master:refs/heads/experimental
Create the branch experimental in the origin repository by copying the current master
branch. This form is only needed to create a new branch or tag in the remote
repository when the local name and the remote name are different; otherwise, the ref
name on its own will work.
git push origin :experimental
Find a ref that matches experimental in the origin repository (e.g.
refs/heads/experimental), and delete it.
git push origin +dev:master
Update the origin repository's master branch with the dev branch, allowing
non-fast-forward updates. This can leave unreferenced commits dangling in the origin
repository. Consider the following situation, where a fast-forward is not possible:
The above command would change the origin repository to
A---B (unnamed branch)
Commits A and B would no longer belong to a branch with a symbolic name, and so would
be unreachable. As such, these commits would be removed by a git gc command on the
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