github change remote - How can I determine the URL that a local Git repository was originally cloned from?

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Should you want this for scripting purposes, you can get only the URL with

git config --get remote.origin.url
show add ssh

I pulled a project from GitHub a few days ago. I've since discovered that there are several forks on GitHub, and I neglected to note which one I took originally. How can I determine which of those forks I pulled?

To get the answer:

git ls-remote --get-url [REMOTE]

This is better than reading the configuration; refer to the man page for git-ls-remote:


Expand the URL of the given remote repository taking into account any "url.<base>.insteadOf" config setting (See git-config(1)) and exit without talking to the remote.

As pointed out by @Jefromi, this option was added in v1.7.5 and not documented until v1.7.12.2 (2012-09).

To summarize, there are at least four ways:

(The following was tried for the official Linux repository)

Least information:

$ git config --get remote.origin.url


$ git ls-remote --get-url

More information:

$ git remote -v
origin (fetch)
origin (push)

Even more information:

$ git remote show origin
* remote origin
  Fetch URL:
  Push  URL:
  HEAD branch: master
  Remote branch:
    master tracked
  Local branch configured for 'git pull':
    master merges with remote master
  Local ref configured for 'git push':
    master pushes to master (up to date)

I think you can find it under .git/config and remote["origin"] if you didn't manipulate that.

To get the IP address/hostname of origin

For ssh:// repositories:

git ls-remote --get-url origin | cut -f 2 -d @ | cut -f 1 -d "/"

For git:// repositories:

git ls-remote --get-url origin | cut -f 2 -d @ | cut -f 1 -d ":"

To supplement the other answers: If the remote has for some reason been changed and so doesn't reflect the original origin, the very first entry in the reflog (i.e. the last entry displayed by the command git reflog) should indicate where the repo was originally cloned from.


$ git reflog | tail -n 1
f34be46 HEAD@{0}: clone: from

(Bear in mind that the reflog may be purged, so this isn't guaranteed to work.)

Print arbitrarily named remote fetch URLs:

git remote -v | grep fetch | awk '{print $2}'

A simple way is to open the .git/config file:

cat .git/config

To edit:

vim .git/config or

nano .git/config

If you do not know the name of the upstream remote for a branch, you can look that up first by inspecting the upstream branch name that the current branch was built upon. Use git rev-parse like this:

git rev-parse --symbolic-full-name --abbrev-ref @{upstream}

This shows that upstream branch that was the source for the current branch. This can be parsed to get the remote name like this:

git rev-parse --symbolic-full-name --abbrev-ref @{upstream} | cut -d / -f 1

Now take that and pipe it to git ls-remote and you'll get the URL of the upstream remote that is the source of the current branch:

git ls-remote --get-url \
  $(git rev-parse --symbolic-full-name --abbrev-ref @{upstream} | cut -d / -f 1)

Now it should be noted, that this is not necessarily the same as the source remote repository that was cloned from. In many cases however it will be enough.