GIT-CLONE(1)                     Git Manual                     GIT-CLONE(1)

NAME         top

       git-clone - Clone a repository into a new directory

SYNOPSIS         top

       git clone [--template=<template_directory>]
                 [-l] [-s] [--no-hardlinks] [-q] [-n] [--bare] [--mirror]
                 [-o <name>] [-b <name>] [-u <upload-pack>] [--reference <repository>]
                 [--dissociate] [--separate-git-dir <git dir>]
                 [--depth <depth>] [--[no-]single-branch]
                 [--recurse-submodules] [--[no-]shallow-submodules]
                 [--jobs <n>] [--] <repository> [<directory>]

DESCRIPTION         top

       Clones a repository into a newly created directory, creates
       remote-tracking branches for each branch in the cloned repository
       (visible using git branch -r), and creates and checks out an initial
       branch that is forked from the cloned repository’s currently active

       After the clone, a plain git fetch without arguments will update all
       the remote-tracking branches, and a git pull without arguments will
       in addition merge the remote master branch into the current master
       branch, if any (this is untrue when "--single-branch" is given; see

       This default configuration is achieved by creating references to the
       remote branch heads under refs/remotes/origin and by initializing
       remote.origin.url and remote.origin.fetch configuration variables.

OPTIONS         top

       --local, -l
           When the repository to clone from is on a local machine, this
           flag bypasses the normal "Git aware" transport mechanism and
           clones the repository by making a copy of HEAD and everything
           under objects and refs directories. The files under .git/objects/
           directory are hardlinked to save space when possible.

           If the repository is specified as a local path (e.g.,
           /path/to/repo), this is the default, and --local is essentially a
           no-op. If the repository is specified as a URL, then this flag is
           ignored (and we never use the local optimizations). Specifying
           --no-local will override the default when /path/to/repo is given,
           using the regular Git transport instead.

           Force the cloning process from a repository on a local filesystem
           to copy the files under the .git/objects directory instead of
           using hardlinks. This may be desirable if you are trying to make
           a back-up of your repository.

       --shared, -s
           When the repository to clone is on the local machine, instead of
           using hard links, automatically setup
           .git/objects/info/alternates to share the objects with the source
           repository. The resulting repository starts out without any
           object of its own.

           NOTE: this is a possibly dangerous operation; do not use it
           unless you understand what it does. If you clone your repository
           using this option and then delete branches (or use any other Git
           command that makes any existing commit unreferenced) in the
           source repository, some objects may become unreferenced (or
           dangling). These objects may be removed by normal Git operations
           (such as git commit) which automatically call git gc --auto. (See
           git-gc(1).) If these objects are removed and were referenced by
           the cloned repository, then the cloned repository will become

           Note that running git repack without the -l option in a
           repository cloned with -s will copy objects from the source
           repository into a pack in the cloned repository, removing the
           disk space savings of clone -s. It is safe, however, to run git
           gc, which uses the -l option by default.

           If you want to break the dependency of a repository cloned with
           -s on its source repository, you can simply run git repack -a to
           copy all objects from the source repository into a pack in the
           cloned repository.

       --reference[-if-able] <repository>
           If the reference repository is on the local machine,
           automatically setup .git/objects/info/alternates to obtain
           objects from the reference repository. Using an already existing
           repository as an alternate will require fewer objects to be
           copied from the repository being cloned, reducing network and
           local storage costs. When using the --reference-if-able, a non
           existing directory is skipped with a warning instead of aborting
           the clone.

           NOTE: see the NOTE for the --shared option, and also the
           --dissociate option.

           Borrow the objects from reference repositories specified with the
           --reference options only to reduce network transfer, and stop
           borrowing from them after a clone is made by making necessary
           local copies of borrowed objects. This option can also be used
           when cloning locally from a repository that already borrows
           objects from another repository—the new repository will borrow
           objects from the same repository, and this option can be used to
           stop the borrowing.

       --quiet, -q
           Operate quietly. Progress is not reported to the standard error

       --verbose, -v
           Run verbosely. Does not affect the reporting of progress status
           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.

       --no-checkout, -n
           No checkout of HEAD is performed after the clone is complete.

           Make a bare Git repository. That is, instead of creating
           <directory> and placing the administrative files in
           <directory>/.git, make the <directory> itself the $GIT_DIR. This
           obviously implies the -n because there is nowhere to check out
           the working tree. Also the branch heads at the remote are copied
           directly to corresponding local branch heads, without mapping
           them to refs/remotes/origin/. When this option is used, neither
           remote-tracking branches nor the related configuration variables
           are created.

           Set up a mirror of the source repository. This implies --bare.
           Compared to --bare, --mirror not only maps local branches of the
           source to local branches of the target, it maps all refs
           (including remote-tracking branches, notes etc.) and sets up a
           refspec configuration such that all these refs are overwritten by
           a git remote update in the target repository.

       --origin <name>, -o <name>
           Instead of using the remote name origin to keep track of the
           upstream repository, use <name>.

       --branch <name>, -b <name>
           Instead of pointing the newly created HEAD to the branch pointed
           to by the cloned repository’s HEAD, point to <name> branch
           instead. In a non-bare repository, this is the branch that will
           be checked out.  --branch can also take tags and detaches the
           HEAD at that commit in the resulting repository.

       --upload-pack <upload-pack>, -u <upload-pack>
           When given, and the repository to clone from is accessed via ssh,
           this specifies a non-default path for the command run on the
           other end.

           Specify the directory from which templates will be used; (See the
           "TEMPLATE DIRECTORY" section of git-init(1).)

       --config <key>=<value>, -c <key>=<value>
           Set a configuration variable in the newly-created repository;
           this takes effect immediately after the repository is
           initialized, but before the remote history is fetched or any
           files checked out. The key is in the same format as expected by
           git-config(1) (e.g., core.eol=true). If multiple values are given
           for the same key, each value will be written to the config file.
           This makes it safe, for example, to add additional fetch refspecs
           to the origin remote.

       --depth <depth>
           Create a shallow clone with a history truncated to the specified
           number of commits. Implies --single-branch unless
           --no-single-branch is given to fetch the histories near the tips
           of all branches. If you want to clone submodules shallowly, also
           pass --shallow-submodules.

           Create a shallow clone with a history after the specified time.

           Create a shallow clone with a history, excluding commits
           reachable from a specified remote branch or tag. This option can
           be specified multiple times.

           Clone only the history leading to the tip of a single branch,
           either specified by the --branch option or the primary branch
           remote’s HEAD points at. Further fetches into the resulting
           repository will only update the remote-tracking branch for the
           branch this option was used for the initial cloning. If the HEAD
           at the remote did not point at any branch when --single-branch
           clone was made, no remote-tracking branch is created.

           After the clone is created, initialize and clone submodules
           within based on the provided pathspec. If no pathspec is
           provided, all submodules are initialized and cloned. Submodules
           are initialized and cloned using their default settings. The
           resulting clone has set to the provided
           pathspec, or "." (meaning all submodules) if no pathspec is
           provided. This is equivalent to running git submodule update
           --init --recursive immediately after the clone is finished. This
           option is ignored if the cloned repository does not have a
           worktree/checkout (i.e. if any of --no-checkout/-n, --bare, or
           --mirror is given)

           All submodules which are cloned will be shallow with a depth of

       --separate-git-dir=<git dir>
           Instead of placing the cloned repository where it is supposed to
           be, place the cloned repository at the specified directory, then
           make a filesystem-agnostic Git symbolic link to there. The result
           is Git repository can be separated from working tree.

       -j <n>, --jobs <n>
           The number of submodules fetched at the same time. Defaults to
           the submodule.fetchJobs option.

           The (possibly remote) repository to clone from. See the URLS
           section below for more information on specifying repositories.

           The name of a new directory to clone into. The "humanish" part of
           the source repository is used if no directory is explicitly given
           (repo for /path/to/repo.git and foo for host.xz:foo/.git).
           Cloning into an existing directory is only allowed if the
           directory is empty.

GIT URLS         top

       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

       Git supports ssh, git, http, and https protocols (in addition, ftp,
       and ftps can be used for fetching, but this is inefficient and
       deprecated; do not use it).

       The native transport (i.e. git:// URL) does no authentication and
       should be used with caution on unsecured networks.

       The following syntaxes may be used with them:

       ·   ssh://[user@]host.xz[:port]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   git://host.xz[:port]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   http[s]://host.xz[:port]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   ftp[s]://host.xz[:port]/path/to/repo.git/

       An alternative scp-like syntax may also be used with the ssh

       ·   [user@]host.xz:path/to/repo.git/

       This syntax is only recognized if there are no slashes before the
       first colon. This helps differentiate a local path that contains a
       colon. For example the local path foo:bar could be specified as an
       absolute path or ./foo:bar to avoid being misinterpreted as an ssh

       The ssh and git protocols additionally support ~username expansion:

       ·   ssh://[user@]host.xz[:port]/~[user]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   git://host.xz[:port]/~[user]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   [user@]host.xz:/~[user]/path/to/repo.git/

       For local repositories, also supported by Git natively, the following
       syntaxes may be used:

       ·   /path/to/repo.git/

       ·   file:///path/to/repo.git/

       These two syntaxes are mostly equivalent, except the former implies
       --local option.

       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

       ·   <transport>::<address>

       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 details.

       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:

                   [url "git://"]
                           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

       If you want to rewrite URLs for push only, you can create a
       configuration section of the form:

                   [url "<actual url base>"]
                           pushInsteadOf = <other url base>

       For example, with this:

                   [url "ssh://"]
                           pushInsteadOf = git://

       a URL like "git://" will be rewritten to
       "ssh://" for pushes, but pulls will still
       use the original URL.

EXAMPLES         top

       ·   Clone from upstream:

               $ git clone git:// my-linux
               $ cd my-linux
               $ make

       ·   Make a local clone that borrows from the current directory,
           without checking things out:

               $ git clone -l -s -n . ../copy
               $ cd ../copy
               $ git show-branch

       ·   Clone from upstream while borrowing from an existing local

               $ git clone --reference /git/linux.git \
                       git:// \
               $ cd my-linux

       ·   Create a bare repository to publish your changes to the public:

               $ git clone --bare -l /home/proj/.git /pub/scm/proj.git

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