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git fetch

Action: "fetches" named heads or tags from one or more other repositories, along with the objects necessary to complete them.

"Fetch" is a bit of a misnomer, as it doesn't actually retrieve (download) any files but instead creates a "pointer" file (.git/FETCH_HEAD) to any items in need of retrieval. These can then be operated on by merge.


  • git fetch github master
    • where "github" is the name of the remote and "master" is the branch.