How to update a GitHub forked repository?

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In your local clone of your forked repository, you can add the original GitHub repository as a “remote”. (“Remotes” are like nicknames for the URLs of repositories – origin is one, for example.) Then you can fetch all the branches from that upstream repository, and rebase your work to continue working on the upstream version. In terms of commands that might look like:

If you’ve rebased your branch onto upstream/master you may need to force the push in order to push it to your own forked repository on GitHub. You’d do that with:


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