How to check out a remote branch in git

Tyler Tyler (291)
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If you're working on your development environment but you need access to a branch that someone else has pushed to "origin" then you'll need to follow these steps.

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You must fetch origin to get all of the remote branches that are available. To fetch origin simply move to your working directory and type: git fetch origin

The easiest way to get the remote branch is by checking it out. To do so simply type: git checkout -b branch_name origin/branch_name This will checkout the remote branch called branch_name into a local branch with the same name.