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Development Tools Git Basics Getting Started With Git Working With Git Repositories

Is git on our system is origin or remote?

This is confusing, I cannot understand what is origin or what is remote. So what is origin and what is remote. On my system can i say it is origin as git originated from my system?

Timothy Schmidt
Timothy Schmidt
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I didn't see anything in the video about this. Are you referring to this command?

git remote add origin path_to_repository

If so, git remote add is the command. It configures a connection to a remote repository which is located at path_to_repository. origin is the name given to the connection. You could name it anything you want, origin is just commonly used in the tutorials so a lot of people end up using it.

Origin an alias to a remote git repository. Typically it's the repository that you cloned from. If you created a local repo with 'git init', there isn't an origin alias.

Compare your output from 'git remote -v'

If you wanted to add a remote repository later, named 'origin' or something else, look at 'git remote add'

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For me the reference to 'origin' has always been somewhat a misnomer, though a lot of folks only work with one "Origin" repo server.

I tend to name my references for whatever server/service I am adding that remote for in the remote command.

for instance my bitbucket I use my bb

git remote add mybb {bitbucket/connection/url}

or for my github i use 'mygh'

git remote add mygh {github/connection/url}

then I can push:

git push mybb master

or git push mygh master

Lawrence Francell This seems to be a good way to remember and you are right, 'origin' is too confusing,