Published Aug 18, 2021Updated Mar 18, 2023
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In Git, cloning means copying an existing remote repository to the current directory.

Many common Git commands are performed only on a local repository, that is, a repository that exists on a local machine. Here’s a command that will interact with a remote repository — a repository on a server that can be accessed through the internet.


The syntax for cloning in Git via HTTPS is this:

git clone


In the example below, git clone is used to clone the Codecademy Docs repository:

$ git clone
Cloning into 'docs'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 21512, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (3517/3517), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (1795/1795), done.
remote: Total 21512 (delta 2233), reused 1727 (delta 1466), pack-reused 17995
Receiving objects: 100% (21512/21512), 3.48 MiB | 9.56 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (10600/10600), done.

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