Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· chalupaul

Keeping your github forks in sync

I have a ton of forked projects in my github account, as do most of us. This is what I use to keep my master synced with the upstream master. It works particularly well with Openstack, because there are a ton of projects that are updated constantly.

First, set up your upstream master (after forking and cloning your own):

git remote add upstream git://

Then in my .bash_profile I added the following functions:

gitreporefresh() {
    for i in `ls $HOME/dev/repos`; do 
    _gitreporefreshone $i &

_gitreporefreshone() {
    cd $HOME/dev/repos/$i
    git pull upstream master 
    git add . 
    git commit -a -m "resync upstream on `date`"
    git push 
    cd -

I don't work out of my fork's master, I just branch everything and merge back in frequently. If you want to merge multiple sources (say, your master fork and the upstream) you could use something this. Also, don't forget to rebase!

git fetch origin
git fetch upstream
git merge upstream/master

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Is there a way to do that on the web-interface?

over 1 year ago ·