Given a branch
foo and a remote
As of Git 1.8.0:
git branch -u upstream/foo
Or, if local branch
foo is not the current branch:
git branch -u upstream/foo foo
Or, if you like to type longer commands, these are equivalent to the above two:
git branch --set-upstream-to=upstream/foo git branch --set-upstream-to=upstream/foo foo
As of Git 1.7.0 (before 1.8.0):
git branch --set-upstream foo upstream/foo
- All of the above commands will cause local branch
footo track remote branch
- The old (1.7.x) syntax is deprecated in favor of the new (1.8+) syntax. The new syntax is intended to be more intuitive and easier to remember.
- Defining an upstream branch will fail when run against newly-created remotes that have not already been fetched. In that case, run
git fetch upstreambeforehand.
See also: Why do I need to do `–set-upstream` all the time?