Published May 18, 2021Updated Mar 5, 2022
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In Git, pushing is the process of moving code from one repository to another one. Often this is used to move code from a local machine to a remote one, or to a repository hosting service like GitHub.

Pushing a repository allows a programmer to maintain an easily accessible backup in a second location. It is also used when collaborating with people that would not have access to the computer that the code is written on.


The syntax for pushing changes in Git is this:

git push <remote-name> <branch-name>

How to Push

Prerequisites to pushing from within a repository include:

  • Being inside of a repository (if not, the next step will return an error)

  • Having a clean git status (no uncommitted, but tracked, files):

    $ git status
    On branch main
    nothing to commit, working tree clean
  • Having a valid remote repository set. In this case the remote repository is named origin and can be found at the url https://github.com/CompanyName/product-dev:

    $ git remote -v
    origin https://github.com/CompanyName/product-dev.git (fetch)
    origin https://github.com/CompanyName/product-dev.git (push)

At this stage, pushing can be accomplished with a valid remote and branch name:

git push origin main

When the push completes, it will display a message like this:

Enumerating objects: 5, done.
Counting objects: 100% (5/5), done.
Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 304 bytes | 304.00 KiB/s, done.
Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 0
To https://github.com/CompanyName/product-dev.git
0e21f7b..2a668cb main -> main

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