difference between git remote and git clone

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What is the difference between git remote and git clone?

May 11, 2018 in Git & GitHub by GandalfDwhite
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I didn't understand the git remote
In simple terms, git remote does not give you the actual repository, you only have the reference to the original repo.

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They are two completely different things.

git remote is used to refer to a remote repository or your central repository.

For e.g: When you want to add a remote repository as your origin, you use this command:


git clone is used to copy or clone a different repository.


To learn more about the git commands, read this blog:

Git Tutorial | Commands And Operations In Git | Edureka

answered May 11, 2018 by DragonLord999
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git remote add just creates an entry in your git config that specifies a name for a particular URL. You must have an existing git repo to use this.

git clone creates a new git repository by copying an existing one located at the URI you specify.

Try this out:

# git clone REMOTEURL foo


 # mkdir foo
 # cd foo
 # git init
 # git remote add origin REMOTEURL
 # git pull origin master

Now there are minor differences, but fundamentally you probably won't notice them. As an exercise left to the reader, compare the .git/config's from each directory.

answered Aug 7, 2018 by Kalgi
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