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git-push - Update remote refs along with associated objects
git push [--all | --mirror | --tags] [--follow-tags] [--atomic] [-n | --dry-run] [--receive-pack=<git-receive-pack>]
[--repo=<repository>] [-f | --force] [-d | --delete] [--prune] [-v | --verbose]
[-u | --set-upstream] [--push-option=<string>]
[--no-verify] [<repository> [<refspec>...]]
Updates remote refs using local refs, while sending objects necessary
to complete the given refs.
You can make interesting things happen to a repository every time you
push into it, by setting up hooks there. See documentation for git-
When the command line does not specify where to push with the
<repository> argument, branch.*.remote configuration for the current
branch is consulted to determine where to push. If the configuration is
missing, it defaults to origin.
When the command line does not specify what to push with <refspec>...
arguments or --all, --mirror, --tags options, the command finds the
default <refspec> by consulting remote.*.push configuration, and if it
is not found, honors push.default configuration to decide what to push
(See git-config(1) for the meaning of push.default).
When neither the command-line nor the configuration specify what to
push, the default behavior is used, which corresponds to the simple
value for push.default: the current branch is pushed to the
corresponding upstream branch, but as a safety measure, the push is
aborted if the upstream branch does not have the same name as the local
The "remote" repository that is destination of a push operation.
This parameter can be either a URL (see the section GIT URLS below)
or the name of a remote (see the section REMOTES below).
Specify what destination ref to update with what source object. The
format of a <refspec> parameter is an optional plus +, followed by
the source object <src>, followed by a colon :, followed by the
destination ref <dst>.
The <src> is often the name of the branch you would want to push,
but it can be any arbitrary "SHA-1 expression", such as master~4 or
HEAD (see gitrevisions(7)).
The <dst> tells which ref on the remote side is updated with this
push. Arbitrary expressions cannot be used here, an actual ref must
be named. If git push [<repository>] without any <refspec> argument
is set to update some ref at the destination with <src> with
remote.<repository>.push configuration variable, :<dst> part can be
omitted--such a push will update a ref that <src> normally updates
without any <refspec> on the command line. Otherwise, missing
:<dst> means to update the same ref as the <src>.
The object referenced by <src> is used to update the <dst>
reference on the remote side. By default this is only allowed if
<dst> is not a tag (annotated or lightweight), and then only if it
can fast-forward <dst>. By having the optional leading +, you can
tell Git to update the <dst> ref even if it is not allowed by
default (e.g., it is not a fast-forward.) This does not attempt to
merge <src> into <dst>. See EXAMPLES below for details.
tag <tag> means the same as refs/tags/<tag>:refs/tags/<tag>.
Pushing an empty <src> allows you to delete the <dst> ref from the
The special refspec : (or +: to allow non-fast-forward updates)
directs Git to push "matching" branches: for every branch that
exists on the local side, the remote side is updated if a branch of
the same name already exists on the remote side.
Push all branches (i.e. refs under refs/heads/); cannot be used
with other <refspec>.
Remove remote branches that don't have a local counterpart. For
example a remote branch tmp will be removed if a local branch with
the same name doesn't exist any more. This also respects refspecs,
e.g. git push --prune remote refs/heads/*:refs/tmp/* would make
sure that remote refs/tmp/foo will be removed if refs/heads/foo
Instead of naming each ref to push, specifies that all refs under
refs/ (which includes but is not limited to refs/heads/,
refs/remotes/, and refs/tags/) be mirrored to the remote
repository. Newly created local refs will be pushed to the remote
end, locally updated refs will be force updated on the remote end,
and deleted refs will be removed from the remote end. This is the
default if the configuration option remote.<remote>.mirror is set.
Do everything except actually send the updates.
Produce machine-readable output. The output status line for each
ref will be tab-separated and sent to stdout instead of stderr. The
full symbolic names of the refs will be given.
All listed refs are deleted from the remote repository. This is the
same as prefixing all refs with a colon.
All refs under refs/tags are pushed, in addition to refspecs
explicitly listed on the command line.
Push all the refs that would be pushed without this option, and
also push annotated tags in refs/tags that are missing from the
remote but are pointing at commit-ish that are reachable from the
refs being pushed. This can also be specified with configuration
variable push.followTags. For more information, see push.followTags
GPG-sign the push request to update refs on the receiving side, to
allow it to be checked by the hooks and/or be logged. If false or
--no-signed, no signing will be attempted. If true or --signed, the
push will fail if the server does not support signed pushes. If set
to if-asked, sign if and only if the server supports signed pushes.
The push will also fail if the actual call to gpg --sign fails. See
git-receive-pack(1) for the details on the receiving end.
Use an atomic transaction on the remote side if available. Either
all refs are updated, or on error, no refs are updated. If the
server does not support atomic pushes the push will fail.
-o <option>, --push-option=<option>
Transmit the given string to the server, which passes them to the
pre-receive as well as the post-receive hook. The given string must
not contain a NUL or LF character. When multiple
--push-option=<option> are given, they are all sent to the other
side in the order listed on the command line. When no
--push-option=<option> is given from the command line, the values
of configuration variable push.pushOption are used instead.
Path to the git-receive-pack program on the remote end. Sometimes
useful when pushing to a remote repository over ssh, and you do not
have the program in a directory on the default $PATH.
Usually, "git push" refuses to update a remote ref that is not an
ancestor of the local ref used to overwrite it.
This option overrides this restriction if the current value of the
remote ref is the expected value. "git push" fails otherwise.
Imagine that you have to rebase what you have already published.
You will have to bypass the "must fast-forward" rule in order to
replace the history you originally published with the rebased
history. If somebody else built on top of your original history
while you are rebasing, the tip of the branch at the remote may
advance with her commit, and blindly pushing with --force will lose
This option allows you to say that you expect the history you are
updating is what you rebased and want to replace. If the remote ref
still points at the commit you specified, you can be sure that no
other people did anything to the ref. It is like taking a "lease"
on the ref without explicitly locking it, and the remote ref is
updated only if the "lease" is still valid.
--force-with-lease alone, without specifying the details, will
protect all remote refs that are going to be updated by requiring
their current value to be the same as the remote-tracking branch we
have for them.
--force-with-lease=<refname>, without specifying the expected
value, will protect the named ref (alone), if it is going to be
updated, by requiring its current value to be the same as the
remote-tracking branch we have for it.
--force-with-lease=<refname>:<expect> will protect the named ref
(alone), if it is going to be updated, by requiring its current
value to be the same as the specified value <expect> (which is
allowed to be different from the remote-tracking branch we have for
the refname, or we do not even have to have such a remote-tracking
branch when this form is used). If <expect> is the empty string,
then the named ref must not already exist.
Note that all forms other than
--force-with-lease=<refname>:<expect> that specifies the expected
current value of the ref explicitly are still experimental and
their semantics may change as we gain experience with this feature.
"--no-force-with-lease" will cancel all the previous
--force-with-lease on the command line.
A general note on safety: supplying this option without an expected
value, i.e. as --force-with-lease or --force-with-lease=<refname>
interacts very badly with anything that implicitly runs git fetch
on the remote to be pushed to in the background, e.g. git fetch
origin on your repository in a cronjob.
The protection it offers over --force is ensuring that subsequent
changes your work wasn't based on aren't clobbered, but this is
trivially defeated if some background process is updating refs in
the background. We don't have anything except the remote tracking
info to go by as a heuristic for refs you're expected to have seen
& are willing to clobber.
If your editor or some other system is running git fetch in the
background for you a way to mitigate this is to simply set up
git remote add origin-push $(git config remote.origin.url)
git fetch origin-push
Now when the background process runs git fetch origin the
references on origin-push won't be updated, and thus commands like:
git push --force-with-lease origin-push
Will fail unless you manually run git fetch origin-push. This
method is of course entirely defeated by something that runs git
fetch --all, in that case you'd need to either disable it or do
something more tedious like:
git fetch # update 'master' from remote
git tag base master # mark our base point
git rebase -i master # rewrite some commits
git push --force-with-lease=master:base master:master
I.e. create a base tag for versions of the upstream code that
you've seen and are willing to overwrite, then rewrite history, and
finally force push changes to master if the remote version is still
at base, regardless of what your local remotes/origin/master has
been updated to in the background.
Usually, the command refuses to update a remote ref that is not an
ancestor of the local ref used to overwrite it. Also, when
--force-with-lease option is used, the command refuses to update a
remote ref whose current value does not match what is expected.
This flag disables these checks, and can cause the remote
repository to lose commits; use it with care.
Note that --force applies to all the refs that are pushed, hence
using it with push.default set to matching or with multiple push
destinations configured with remote.*.push may overwrite refs other
than the current branch (including local refs that are strictly
behind their remote counterpart). To force a push to only one
branch, use a + in front of the refspec to push (e.g git push
origin +master to force a push to the master branch). See the
<refspec>... section above for details.
This option is equivalent to the <repository> argument. If both are
specified, the command-line argument takes precedence.
For every branch that is up to date or successfully pushed, add
upstream (tracking) reference, used by argument-less git-pull(1)
and other commands. For more information, see branch.<name>.merge
These options are passed to git-send-pack(1). A thin transfer
significantly reduces the amount of sent data when the sender and
receiver share many of the same objects in common. The default is
Suppress all output, including the listing of updated refs, unless
an error occurs. Progress is not reported to the standard error
Progress status is reported on the standard error stream by default
when it is attached to a terminal, unless -q is specified. This
flag forces progress status even if the standard error stream is
not directed to a terminal.
May be used to make sure all submodule commits used by the
revisions to be pushed are available on a remote-tracking branch.
If check is used Git will verify that all submodule commits that
changed in the revisions to be pushed are available on at least one
remote of the submodule. If any commits are missing the push will
be aborted and exit with non-zero status. If on-demand is used all
submodules that changed in the revisions to be pushed will be
pushed. If on-demand was not able to push all necessary revisions
it will also be aborted and exit with non-zero status. If only is
used all submodules will be recursively pushed while the
superproject is left unpushed. A value of no or using
--no-recurse-submodules can be used to override the
push.recurseSubmodules configuration variable when no submodule
recursion is required.
Toggle the pre-push hook (see githooks(5)). The default is
--verify, giving the hook a chance to prevent the push. With
--no-verify, the hook is bypassed completely.
Use IPv4 addresses only, ignoring IPv6 addresses.
Use IPv6 addresses only, ignoring IPv4 addresses.
In general, URLs contain information about the transport protocol, the
address of the remote server, and the path to the repository. Depending
on the transport protocol, some of this information may be absent.
Git supports ssh, git, http, and https protocols (in addition, ftp, and
ftps can be used for fetching, but this is inefficient and deprecated;
do not use it).
The native transport (i.e. git:// URL) does no authentication and
should be used with caution on unsecured networks.
The following syntaxes may be used with them:
An alternative scp-like syntax may also be used with the ssh protocol:
This syntax is only recognized if there are no slashes before the first
colon. This helps differentiate a local path that contains a colon. For
example the local path foo:bar could be specified as an absolute path
or ./foo:bar to avoid being misinterpreted as an ssh url.
The ssh and git protocols additionally support ~username expansion:
For local repositories, also supported by Git natively, the following
syntaxes may be used:
These two syntaxes are mostly equivalent, except when cloning, when the
former implies --local option. See git-clone(1) for details.
When Git doesn't know how to handle a certain transport protocol, it
attempts to use the remote-<transport> remote helper, if one exists. To
explicitly request a remote helper, the following syntax may be used:
where <address> may be a path, a server and path, or an arbitrary
URL-like string recognized by the specific remote helper being invoked.
See gitremote-helpers(1) for details.
If there are a large number of similarly-named remote repositories and
you want to use a different format for them (such that the URLs you use
will be rewritten into URLs that work), you can create a configuration
section of the form:
[url "<actual url base>"]
insteadOf = <other url base>
For example, with this:
insteadOf = host.xz:/path/to/
insteadOf = work:
a URL like "work:repo.git" or like "host.xz:/path/to/repo.git" will be
rewritten in any context that takes a URL to be
If you want to rewrite URLs for push only, you can create a
configuration section of the form:
[url "<actual url base>"]
pushInsteadOf = <other url base>
For example, with this:
pushInsteadOf = git://example.org/
a URL like "git://example.org/path/to/repo.git" will be rewritten to
"ssh://example.org/path/to/repo.git" for pushes, but pulls will still
use the original URL.
The name of one of the following can be used instead of a URL as
o a remote in the Git configuration file: $GIT_DIR/config,
o a file in the $GIT_DIR/remotes directory, or
o a file in the $GIT_DIR/branches directory.
All of these also allow you to omit the refspec from the command line
because they each contain a refspec which git will use by default.
Named remote in configuration file
You can choose to provide the name of a remote which you had previously
configured using git-remote(1), git-config(1) or even by a manual edit
to the $GIT_DIR/config file. The URL of this remote will be used to
access the repository. The refspec of this remote will be used by
default when you do not provide a refspec on the command line. The
entry in the config file would appear like this:
url = <url>
pushurl = <pushurl>
push = <refspec>
fetch = <refspec>
The <pushurl> is used for pushes only. It is optional and defaults to
Named file in $GIT_DIR/remotes
You can choose to provide the name of a file in $GIT_DIR/remotes. The
URL in this file will be used to access the repository. The refspec in
this file will be used as default when you do not provide a refspec on
the command line. This file should have the following format:
URL: one of the above URL format
Push: lines are used by git push and Pull: lines are used by git pull
and git fetch. Multiple Push: and Pull: lines may be specified for
additional branch mappings.
Named file in $GIT_DIR/branches
You can choose to provide the name of a file in $GIT_DIR/branches. The
URL in this file will be used to access the repository. This file
should have the following format:
<url> is required; #<head> is optional.
Depending on the operation, git will use one of the following refspecs,
if you don't provide one on the command line. <branch> is the name of
this file in $GIT_DIR/branches and <head> defaults to master.
git fetch uses:
git push uses:
The output of "git push" depends on the transport method used; this
section describes the output when pushing over the Git protocol (either
locally or via ssh).
The status of the push is output in tabular form, with each line
representing the status of a single ref. Each line is of the form:
<flag> <summary> <from> -> <to> (<reason>)
If --porcelain is used, then each line of the output is of the form:
<flag> \t <from>:<to> \t <summary> (<reason>)
The status of up-to-date refs is shown only if --porcelain or --verbose
option is used.
A single character indicating the status of the ref:
for a successfully pushed fast-forward;
for a successful forced update;
for a successfully deleted ref;
for a successfully pushed new ref;
for a ref that was rejected or failed to push; and
for a ref that was up to date and did not need pushing.
For a successfully pushed ref, the summary shows the old and new
values of the ref in a form suitable for using as an argument to
git log (this is <old>..<new> in most cases, and <old>...<new> for
forced non-fast-forward updates).
For a failed update, more details are given:
Git did not try to send the ref at all, typically because it is
not a fast-forward and you did not force the update.
The remote end refused the update. Usually caused by a hook on
the remote side, or because the remote repository has one of
the following safety options in effect:
receive.denyCurrentBranch (for pushes to the checked out
branch), receive.denyNonFastForwards (for forced
non-fast-forward updates), receive.denyDeletes or
receive.denyDeleteCurrent. See git-config(1).
The remote end did not report the successful update of the ref,
perhaps because of a temporary error on the remote side, a
break in the network connection, or other transient error.
The name of the local ref being pushed, minus its refs/<type>/
prefix. In the case of deletion, the name of the local ref is
The name of the remote ref being updated, minus its refs/<type>/
A human-readable explanation. In the case of successfully pushed
refs, no explanation is needed. For a failed ref, the reason for
failure is described.
NOTE ABOUT FAST-FORWARDS
When an update changes a branch (or more in general, a ref) that used
to point at commit A to point at another commit B, it is called a
fast-forward update if and only if B is a descendant of A.
In a fast-forward update from A to B, the set of commits that the
original commit A built on top of is a subset of the commits the new
commit B builds on top of. Hence, it does not lose any history.
In contrast, a non-fast-forward update will lose history. For example,
suppose you and somebody else started at the same commit X, and you
built a history leading to commit B while the other person built a
history leading to commit A. The history looks like this:
Further suppose that the other person already pushed changes leading to
A back to the original repository from which you two obtained the
original commit X.
The push done by the other person updated the branch that used to point
at commit X to point at commit A. It is a fast-forward.
But if you try to push, you will attempt to update the branch (that now
points at A) with commit B. This does not fast-forward. If you did so,
the changes introduced by commit A will be lost, because everybody will
now start building on top of B.
The command by default does not allow an update that is not a
fast-forward to prevent such loss of history.
If you do not want to lose your work (history from X to B) or the work
by the other person (history from X to A), you would need to first
fetch the history from the repository, create a history that contains
changes done by both parties, and push the result back.
You can perform "git pull", resolve potential conflicts, and "git push"
the result. A "git pull" will create a merge commit C between commits A
Updating A with the resulting merge commit will fast-forward and your
push will be accepted.
Alternatively, you can rebase your change between X and B on top of A,
with "git pull --rebase", and push the result back. The rebase will
create a new commit D that builds the change between X and B on top of
Again, updating A with this commit will fast-forward and your push will
There is another common situation where you may encounter
non-fast-forward rejection when you try to push, and it is possible
even when you are pushing into a repository nobody else pushes into.
After you push commit A yourself (in the first picture in this
section), replace it with "git commit --amend" to produce commit B, and
you try to push it out, because forgot that you have pushed A out
already. In such a case, and only if you are certain that nobody in the
meantime fetched your earlier commit A (and started building on top of
it), you can run "git push --force" to overwrite it. In other words,
"git push --force" is a method reserved for a case where you do mean to
Works like git push <remote>, where <remote> is the current
branch's remote (or origin, if no remote is configured for the
git push origin
Without additional configuration, pushes the current branch to the
configured upstream (remote.origin.merge configuration variable) if
it has the same name as the current branch, and errors out without
The default behavior of this command when no <refspec> is given can
be configured by setting the push option of the remote, or the
push.default configuration variable.
For example, to default to pushing only the current branch to
origin use git config remote.origin.push HEAD. Any valid <refspec>
(like the ones in the examples below) can be configured as the
default for git push origin.
git push origin :
Push "matching" branches to origin. See <refspec> in the OPTIONS
section above for a description of "matching" branches.
git push origin master
Find a ref that matches master in the source repository (most
likely, it would find refs/heads/master), and update the same ref
(e.g. refs/heads/master) in origin repository with it. If master
did not exist remotely, it would be created.
git push origin HEAD
A handy way to push the current branch to the same name on the
git push mothership master:satellite/master dev:satellite/dev
Use the source ref that matches master (e.g. refs/heads/master) to
update the ref that matches satellite/master (most probably
refs/remotes/satellite/master) in the mothership repository; do the
same for dev and satellite/dev.
This is to emulate git fetch run on the mothership using git push
that is run in the opposite direction in order to integrate the
work done on satellite, and is often necessary when you can only
make connection in one way (i.e. satellite can ssh into mothership
but mothership cannot initiate connection to satellite because the
latter is behind a firewall or does not run sshd).
After running this git push on the satellite machine, you would ssh
into the mothership and run git merge there to complete the
emulation of git pull that were run on mothership to pull changes
made on satellite.
git push origin HEAD:master
Push the current branch to the remote ref matching master in the
origin repository. This form is convenient to push the current
branch without thinking about its local name.
git push origin master:refs/heads/experimental
Create the branch experimental in the origin repository by copying
the current master branch. This form is only needed to create a new
branch or tag in the remote repository when the local name and the
remote name are different; otherwise, the ref name on its own will
git push origin :experimental
Find a ref that matches experimental in the origin repository (e.g.
refs/heads/experimental), and delete it.
git push origin +dev:master
Update the origin repository's master branch with the dev branch,
allowing non-fast-forward updates. This can leave unreferenced
commits dangling in the origin repository. Consider the following
situation, where a fast-forward is not possible:
The above command would change the origin repository to
A---B (unnamed branch)
Commits A and B would no longer belong to a branch with a symbolic
name, and so would be unreachable. As such, these commits would be
removed by a git gc command on the origin repository.
The fetch and push protocols are not designed to prevent one side from
stealing data from the other repository that was not intended to be
shared. If you have private data that you need to protect from a
malicious peer, your best option is to store it in another repository.
This applies to both clients and servers. In particular, namespaces on
a server are not effective for read access control; you should only
grant read access to a namespace to clients that you would trust with
read access to the entire repository.
The known attack vectors are as follows:
1. The victim sends "have" lines advertising the IDs of objects it has
that are not explicitly intended to be shared but can be used to
optimize the transfer if the peer also has them. The attacker
chooses an object ID X to steal and sends a ref to X, but isn't
required to send the content of X because the victim already has
it. Now the victim believes that the attacker has X, and it sends
the content of X back to the attacker later. (This attack is most
straightforward for a client to perform on a server, by creating a
ref to X in the namespace the client has access to and then
fetching it. The most likely way for a server to perform it on a
client is to "merge" X into a public branch and hope that the user
does additional work on this branch and pushes it back to the
server without noticing the merge.)
2. As in #1, the attacker chooses an object ID X to steal. The victim
sends an object Y that the attacker already has, and the attacker
falsely claims to have X and not Y, so the victim sends Y as a
delta against X. The delta reveals regions of X that are similar to
Y to the attacker.
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