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Push a new local branch to a remote Git repository and track it too – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/07/27

Just what I needed: Push a new local branch to a remote Git repository and track it too – Stack Overflow But watch the comments to this answer:


In recent versions of Git (1.7.0 and later), you can checkout a new branch:

git checkout -b <branch>

Edit files, add and commit. Then push with the -u option:

git push -u origin <branch>

Git will set up the tracking information during the push.

Daniel Ruoso / Dan


  • git push -u was introduced in Git 1.7.0 (2010-02-12). – Chris Johnsen Jun 4 ’11 at 4:16
  • Would you be kind enough to elaborate? Some git commands do more than one thing, and I’m not sure what origin and mynewfeature refer to. Is mynewfeature a branch name? Is origin a shortcut for a full remote repo url? Also what does the -u flag do? – Costa Mar 6 ’14 at 21:16
  • @Costa ‘origin’ is the name of default remote in Git repository. ‘mynewfeature’ here is branch name. -uis short for --set-upstream—for what it does and why it’s needed I wouldn’t mind some explanation, too. :) – Anton Strogonoff Mar 9 ’14 at 6:07
  • It’s also worth noting that if you have an existing tracking branch already set on the branch you’re pushing, and push.default is set to upstream, this will not do what you think it will do. It will try to push over the existing tracking branch. Use: git push -u origin mynewfeature:mynewfeature or dogit branch --unset-upstream first. – void.pointer May 19 ’14 at 18:07
  • I still needed to ‘git branch –set-upstream-to origin/remote’ in order for ‘git status’ to correctly report my branch status with respect to the remote branch. – Paul Whipp Jul 4 ’14 at 1:17
  • For people using Git from Visual Studio: Actually this is that “Publish Branch” in Visual Studio does. After executing git push with -u parameter i can finally see my branch as published in VS UI. – Puterdo Borato



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