Git is a popular version control system that allows software developers to track changes to their codebase and collaborate with others.
One of the most common Git workflows involves using a local repository on your computer and a remote repository hosted on a server, such as GitHub or GitLab.
In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the process of creating a remote Git repository from a local one.
- A local Git repository on your computer
- A Git hosting account, such as GitHub or GitLab
Sign up for a Git hosting account
If you haven’t already, sign up for a Git hosting account on a service such as GitHub or GitLab.
These services offer free and paid plans, depending on your needs.
Create a remote repository
Once you have signed up for a Git hosting account, log in and create a new repository.
Give your repository a descriptive name and choose whether you want it to be public or private.
Connect your local repository to the remote repository
Open a terminal or command prompt and navigate to your local Git repository.
Run the following command to add the remote repository as a remote to your local repository:
$ git remote add origin <remote repository URL>
<remote repository URL> with the URL of the remote repository you just created.
You can find this URL on the repository’s main page on your Git hosting account.
Push your local changes to the remote repository
Now that your local repository is connected to the remote repository, you can push your local changes to the remote repository.
Run the following command to push your local changes to the remote repository:
$ git push -u origin master
-u flag sets the upstream branch, which allows you to use the
git push command in the future without specifying the remote and branch.
Verify the synchronization
To verify that your local repository is synchronized with the remote repository, log in to your Git hosting account and view the repository.
You should see the files and commits from your local repository.
Creating a remote Git repository from a local one is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few steps.
By having a remote repository, you can collaborate with others and have a backup of your code in case your local repository is lost or damaged.
With Git and a Git hosting account, you can easily manage your software development projects and keep track of your progress.