How to change the URI (URL) for a remote Git repository?

Created 12.03.2010 12:48
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I have a repo (origin) on a USB key that I cloned on my hard drive (local). I moved "origin" to a NAS and successfully tested cloning it from here.

I would like to know if I can change the URI of "origin" in the settings of "local" so it will now pull from the NAS, and not from the USB key.

For now, I can see two solutions:

  • push everything to the usb-orign, and copy it to the NAS again (implies a lot of work due to new commits to nas-origin);

  • add a new remote to "local" and delete the old one (I fear I'll break my history).

I had to do this on an old version of git ( and the set-url option did not exist. Simply deleting the unwanted remote and adding a new one with the same name worked without problem and maintained history just fine. by HotN, 11.09.2014 21:17
in my case i need to check my permission i have two private git repositories and this second account is admin of that new repo and first one is my default user account and i should grant permission to first by saber tabatabaee yazdi, 06.02.2020 16:35
Nice Doc is available here.… by Ravi Parekh, 28.12.2020 08:49
Answers 27

You can

git remote set-url origin new.git.url/here

(see git help remote) or you can edit .git/config and change the URLs there. You're not in any danger of losing history unless you do something very silly (and if you're worried, just make a copy of your repo, since your repo is your history.)

12.03.2010 12:55
If you have a different shell user then maybe you want to specify your git user in the beginning of the new url e.g.: myself@git:// by sobi3ch, 01.07.2013 07:49
You may also want to set the master upstream branch for your new origin location with: git branch -u origin/master. This will allow you to just git push instead of having to git push origin master every time. by kelorek, 13.08.2013 18:06
@kelorek or you can just git push -u origin master the first time :) by hobbs, 14.08.2013 19:38
you'll probably have to do a git pull to merge contents after that:… by Alejandro Moreno, 18.09.2013 09:15
I also had to git remote set-url --push origin git://... in order to set the origin ... (push) url. by jpillora, 02.06.2014 09:12
This gives a warning that remote.origin.url has multiple values ... how do i get rid of the old value? by Michael, 03.07.2017 19:16
For multiple branches, you can use git push -u --all to push all branches at once to new url (instead of git push -u origin master) by Ben, 14.01.2018 16:11
In the case of ssh, you will get the URL in your repo. You have to use exactly the same, unless that it doesn't work. expl: by Mitesh Ukate, 31.08.2018 09:51
I always find myself coming back to this and making the same mistake. This is a very old post without edits and this may have been required before, but the "git://" is unnecessary now (and actually doesn't work). I'd suggest changing "git://" to something more obvious such as "[NEW URL]," because this seems to be confusing others as well considering upvotes on newer comment. by mauriii, 03.01.2019 07:29
@hobbs continues to have the most utilized and dynamite answer in my life. I am commenting here because I can only give one upvote. I would have given 10 by now. by Daniel, 24.10.2019 15:19
Please include Ben's additional optional command to update all branches (if user desires). Setting the new origin is great, but without pushing your history to the repo, the remote is out of sync by one or more branches. by Turbo, 09.11.2019 01:45
When I tried this I got fatal: No such remote 'origin' I could only get it to work after running git remote add origin new.git.url/here then git push --set-upstream origin master by jbobbins, 17.03.2020 23:49
If you are using Intellij Idea, simply open the terminal and change the command. It will work right there to set the origin. Thanks for sharing this! by Aadil, 27.03.2020 08:33
NOTE: Worked, but I lost all files changes that were listed in git status when I changed it. Since I do not know git very well, I re-cloned. copied files that I changed and then committed. by bshea, 21.04.2020 18:22
This another answer worked for me for the existing https repos. by Faiyaz Alam, 11.04.2021 17:38
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git remote -v
# View existing remotes
# origin (fetch)
# origin (push)

git remote set-url origin
# Change the 'origin' remote's URL

git remote -v
# Verify new remote URL
# origin (fetch)
# origin (push)

Changing a remote's URL

10.10.2013 14:43
Amazing that you got almost a thousand upvotes and consequently almost ten thousand points for just giving the same answer as the accepted one, but then three years later. by MS Berends, 09.07.2020 16:00
To get them all, I added: git remote set-url --push origin and git remote set-url composer by Reed, 14.07.2020 18:56
@MS Berends The git remote -v helped for verification, whereas the accepted solution did not provide that. by rmutalik, 10.11.2020 18:49
you gave more details... by Andre Leon Rangel, 10.03.2021 20:47
@MSBerends his answer is more verbose in technical level. by cnu, 14.05.2021 04:27

Change Host for a Git Origin Server


Hopefully this isn’t something you need to do. The server that I’ve been using to collaborate on a few git projects with had the domain name expire. This meant finding a way of migrating the local repositories to get back in sync.

Update: Thanks to @mawolf for pointing out there is an easy way with recent git versions (post Feb, 2010):

git remote set-url origin ssh://

See the man page for details.

If you’re on an older version, then try this:

As a caveat, this works only as it is the same server, just with different names.

Assuming that the new hostname is, and the old one was, the change is quite simple.

Edit the .git/config file in your working directory. You should see something like:

[remote "origin"]
fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
url = ssh://

Change to, save the file and you’re done.

From my limited testing (git pull origin; git push origin; gitx) everything seems in order. And yes, I know it is bad form to mess with git internals.

15.02.2011 02:52
Bad form? Perhaps. But if you need to do something the authors didn't expect anyone would ever need to do, then sometimes messing with the internals is required. But you do have to be willing to accept the consequences if you get it wrong. Backup your local repository _before_ messing with git internals. by Jesse Chisholm, 20.10.2016 15:41
where I can find .git/config by Abdulmalek , 08.10.2020 15:36
git remote set-url origin git://new.location

(alternatively, open .git/config, look for [remote "origin"], and edit the url = line.

You can check it worked by examining the remotes:

git remote -v
# origin  git://new.location (fetch)
# origin  git://new.location (push)

Next time you push, you'll have to specify the new upstream branch, e.g.:

git push -u origin master

See also: GitHub: Changing a remote's URL

26.04.2015 23:13
I could not set the new origin by editing .git/config. It said the git repository named in the URL wasn't a git repository. Once I removed and re-created origin, all was well. I had not looked up git remote set-url as a solution to my problem, though. by octopusgrabbus, 15.09.2015 13:55
+1 for providing a complete answer with the git push -u command. Maybe obvious to others, wasn't for me. by testphreak, 20.09.2019 21:51

Switching remote URLs

Open Terminal.

Ist Step:- Change the current working directory to your local project.

2nd Step:- List your existing remotes in order to get the name of the remote you want to change.

git remote -v

origin (fetch)

origin (push)

Change your remote's URL from HTTPS to SSH with the git remote set-url command.

3rd Step:- git remote set-url origin

4th Step:- Now Verify that the remote URL has changed.

git remote -v Verify new remote URL

origin (fetch)
origin (push)
08.12.2017 11:01
Do you have to remove the old origin before you add the new origin? by Sledge, 27.02.2019 20:17
I didn't remove from the project anything. I simply do the above steps and it worked by VIKAS KOHLI, 28.02.2019 07:56
  1. remove origin using command on gitbash git remote rm origin
  2. And now add new Origin using gitbash git remote add origin (Copy HTTP URL from your project repository in bit bucket) done
24.06.2016 11:10
This is really useful answer because without git remote rm origin git remembers details about the old origin. by mato, 11.12.2019 08:02
The above git remote rm origin resolves the issue of multiple remotes: issue where I was not able to set the remote url. remote.origin.url has multiple values fatal: could not set 'remote.origin.url' by bitsand, 26.12.2019 15:47

As seen here,

$ git remote rm origin
$ git remote add origin
$ git config master.remote origin
$ git config master.merge refs/heads/master
02.04.2020 08:24
When adding an answer to a ten year old question with twenty one other answers it is really important to include an explanation of your answer and to point out what new aspect of the question your answer addresses. With answers that are a series of commands it is useful to explain what each is doing and how to undo the effects of each of them if that is possible. The undo is important in case someone is able to perform the first few steps, but then encounters an error on a later step. by Jason Aller, 02.04.2020 16:01
@JasonAller I think this is fairly self-explanatory though and it's the best answer here by far, the others are a joke. by Oliver Dixon, 13.05.2020 13:07

Write the below command from your repo terminal:

git remote set-url origin<username>/<repo>.git

Refer this link for more details about changing the url in the remote.

19.12.2019 09:25
it helped.The link was useful by ANP, 20.12.2019 09:35

git remote set-url {name} {url}

ex) git remote set-url origin

28.12.2015 04:53

if you cloned your local will automatically consist,

remote URL where it gets cloned.

you can check it using git remote -v

if you want to made change in it,

git remote set-url origin


origin - your branch

if you want to overwrite existing branch you can still use it.. it will override your existing ... it will do,

git remote remove url
git remote add origin url

for you...

31.07.2017 07:33
I had multiple remotes added, so git remote rm origin command was needed for removing all the associated urls. Then the add command worked. by bitsand, 26.12.2019 15:44

To check git remote connection:

git remote -v

Now, set the local repository to remote git:

git remote set-url origin https://NewRepoLink.git

Now to make it upstream or push use following code:

git push --set-upstream origin master -f

18.12.2018 05:22
I was pushing and yet github didn't show my new branch. That last --set-upstream made it work. by OoDeLally, 28.01.2019 12:58

In the Git Bash, enter the command:

git remote set-url origin https://NewRepoLink.git

Enter the Credentials


25.04.2017 09:48

I worked:

git remote set-url origin <project>
06.05.2018 18:24

Navigate to the project root of the local repository and check for existing remotes:

git remote -v

If your repository is using SSH you will see something like:

> origin (fetch)
> origin (push)

And if your repository is using HTTPS you will see something like:

> origin (fetch)
> origin (push)

Changing the URL is done with git remote set-url. Depending on the output of git remote -v, you can change the URL in the following manner:

In case of SSH, you can change the URL from REPOSITORY.git to NEW_REPOSITORY.git like:

$ git remote set-url origin

And in case of HTTPS, you can change the URL from REPOSITORY.git to NEW_REPOSITORY.git like:

$ git remote set-url origin

NOTE: If you've changed your GitHub username, you can follow the same process as above to update the change in the username associated with your repository. You would only have to update the USERNAME in the git remote set-url command.

17.08.2020 20:03

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Troubleshooting :

You may encounter these errors when trying to changing a remote. No such remote '[name]'

This error means that the remote you tried to change doesn't exist:

git remote set-url sofake fatal: No such remote 'sofake'

Check that you've correctly typed the remote name.

Reference :

15.10.2018 06:16

You have a lot of ways to do that:


git remote set-url origin [Here new url] 

Just be sure that you've opened it in a place where a repository is.


It is placed in .git/config (same folder as repository)

    repositoryformatversion = 0
    filemode = false
    bare = false
    logallrefupdates = true
    symlinks = false
    ignorecase = true
[remote "origin"]
    url = [Here new url]  <------------------------------------


Step 1 - open settings

Step 2 - change url

Then just edit URL.


  1. Click on the "Settings" button on the toolbar to open the Repository Settings window.

  2. Click "Add" to add a remote repository path to the repository. A "Remote details" window will open.

  3. Enter a name for the remote path.

  4. Enter the URL/Path for the remote repository

  5. Enter the username for the hosting service for the remote repository.

  6. Click 'OK' to add the remote path.

  7. Back on the Repository Settings window, click 'OK'. The new remote path should be added on the repository now.

  8. If you need to edit an already added remote path, just click the 'Edit' button. You should be directed to the "Remote details" window where you can edit the details (URL/Path/Host Type) of the remote path.

  9. To remove a remote repository path, click the 'Remove' button

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ref. Support

02.04.2019 13:37

Change remote git URI to rather than

git remote set-url origin<username>/<repo>.git


git remote set-url origin

The benefit is that you may do git push automatically when you use ssh-agent :


# Check ssh connection
ssh-add -l &>/dev/null
[[ "$?" == 2 ]] && eval `ssh-agent`
ssh-add -l &>/dev/null
[[ "$?" == 1 ]] && expect $HOME/.ssh/agent

# Send git commands to push
git add . && git commit -m "your commit" && git push -u origin master

Put a script file $HOME/.ssh/agent to let it runs ssh-add using expect as below:

#!/usr/bin/expect -f
set HOME $env(HOME)
spawn ssh-add $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa
expect "Enter passphrase for $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa:"
send "<my_passphrase>\n";
expect "Identity added: $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa ($HOME/.ssh/id_rsa)"
25.05.2019 11:54

To change the remote upstream: git remote set-url origin <url>

To add more upstreams: git remote add newplace <url>

So you can choose where to work git push origin <branch> or git push newplace <branch>

28.02.2020 13:43

If you're using TortoiseGit then follow the below steps:

  1. Go to your local checkout folder and right click to go to TortoiseGit -> Settings
  2. In the left pane choose Git -> Remote
  3. In the right pane choose origin
  4. Now change the URL text box value to where ever your new remote repository is

Your branch and all your local commits will remain intact and you can keep working as you were before.

20.08.2017 15:14

You can change the url by editing the config file. Go to your project root:

nano .git/config

Then edit the url field and set your new url. Save the changes. You can verify the changes by using the command.

git remote -v 
07.02.2020 04:24

An alternative approach is to rename the 'old' origin (in the example below I name it simply old-origin) and adding a new one. This might be the desired approach if you still want to be able to push to the old origin every now and then:

git remote rename origin old-origin
git remote add origin>:<username>/<projectname>.git

And in case you need to push your local state to the new origin:

git push -u origin --all
git push -u origin --tags
20.09.2020 12:25

Removing a remote

Use the git remote rm command to remove a remote URL from your repository.

    $ git remote -v
    # View current remotes
    > origin (fetch)
    > origin (push)
    > destination (fetch)
    > destination (push)

    $ git remote rm destination
    # Remove remote
    $ git remote -v
    # Verify it's gone
    > origin (fetch)
    > origin (push)
06.06.2020 11:05

If your repository is private then

  1. Open Control Panel from the Start menu
  2. Select User Accounts
  3. Select "Manage your credentials" in the left hand menu
  4. Delete any credentials related to Git or GitHub


10.12.2019 05:08

For those who want to make this change from Visual Studio 2019

Open Team Explorer (Ctrl+M)

Home -> Settings

Git -> Repository Settings

Remotes -> Edit

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25.10.2019 17:53

check your privilege

in my case i need to check my username

i have two or three repository with seperate credentials.

problem is my permission i have two private git server and repositories

this second account is admin of that new repo and first one is my default user account and i should grant permission to first

06.02.2020 16:35

If you would like to set the username and password as well in the origin url, you can follow the below steps.

Exporting the password in a variable would avoid issues with special characters.


export gituser='<Username>:<password>@'
git remote set-url origin https://${gituser}<gitlab_repo_url> 
git push origin <Branch Name>
03.03.2021 05:52

For me, the accepted answer worked only in the case of fetch but not pull. I did the following to make it work for push as well.

git remote set-url --push origin new.git.url/here

So to update the fetch URL:

git remote set-url origin new.git.url/here

To update the pull URL:

git remote set-url --push origin new.git.url/here
06.05.2021 11:27