How can I determine the URL that a local Git repository was originally cloned from?

Tim Source

I pulled a project from GitHub a few days ago. I've since discovered that there are several forks on GitHub, and I neglected to note which one I took originally. How can I determine which of those forks I pulled?



answered 8 years ago JaredPar #1

If you want only the remote URL, or referential integrity has been broken:

git config --get remote.origin.url

If you require full output or referential integrity is intact:

git remote show origin

When using git clone (from GitHub, or any source repository for that matter) the default name for the source of the clone is "origin". Using git remote show will display the information about this remote name. The first few lines should show:

C:\Users\jaredpar\VsVim> git remote show origin
* remote origin
  Fetch URL: [email protected]:jaredpar/VsVim.git
  Push  URL: [email protected]:jaredpar/VsVim.git
  HEAD branch: master
  Remote branches:

If you want to use the value in the script, you would use the first command listed in this answer.

answered 8 years ago meder omuraliev #2

I think you can find it under .git/config and remote["origin"] if you didn't manipulate that.

answered 8 years ago Cascabel #3

Should you want this for scripting purposes, you can get only the URL with

git config --get remote.origin.url

answered 6 years ago Montaro #4

You can try:

git remote -v

It will print all your remotes' fetch/push URLs.

answered 5 years ago Aron #5

Print arbitrarily named remote fetch URLs:

git remote -v | grep fetch | awk '{print $2}'

answered 5 years ago Casey #6

Short answer:

$ git remote show -n origin

or, an alternative for pure quick scripts:

$ git config --get remote.origin.url

Some info:

  1. $ git remote -v will print all remotes (not what you want). You want origin right?
  2. $ git remote show origin much better, shows only origin but takes too long (tested on git version 1.8.1.msysgit.1).

I ended up with: $ git remote show -n origin, which seems to be fastest. With -n it will not fetch remote heads (AKA branches). You don't need that type of info, right?

You can apply | grep -i fetch to all three versions to show only the fetch URL.

If you require pure speed, then use:

$ git config --get remote.origin.url

Thanks to @Jefromi for pointing that out.

answered 5 years ago cagney #7

The upstream's remote may not be called "origin" so here's a variation:

remote=$(git config --get branch.master.remote)
url=$(git config --get remote.$remote.url)
basename=$(basename "$url" .git)
echo $basename


basename $(git config --get remote.$(git config --get branch.master.remote).url) .git

for more useful variables there's:

$ git config -l

answered 5 years ago arcresu #8

To get the answer:

git ls-remote --get-url [REMOTE]

This is better than reading the config; refer to the man page for git-ls-remote:


Expand the URL of the given remote repository taking into account any "url.<base>.insteadOf" config setting (See git-config(1)) and exit without talking to the remote.

As pointed out by @Jefromi, this option was added in v1.7.5 and not documented until v1.7.12.2.

answered 4 years ago 太極者無極而生 #9

To summarize, there are at least four ways:

(The following was tried for the official Linux repository)

Least information:

$ git config --get remote.origin.url


$ git ls-remote --get-url

More information:

$ git remote -v
origin (fetch)
origin (push)

Even more information:

$ git remote show origin
* remote origin
  Fetch URL:
  Push  URL:
  HEAD branch: master
  Remote branch:
    master tracked
  Local branch configured for 'git pull':
    master merges with remote master
  Local ref configured for 'git push':
    master pushes to master (up to date)

answered 4 years ago Stephen #10

To get the IP address/hostname of origin

For ssh:// repositories:

git ls-remote --get-url origin | cut -f 2 -d @ | cut -f 1 -d "/"

For git:// repositories:

git ls-remote --get-url origin | cut -f 2 -d @ | cut -f 1 -d ":"

answered 3 years ago VonC #11

With Git 2.7 (release January 5th, 2015), you have a more coherent solution using git remote:

git remote get-url origin

(nice pendant of git remote set-url origin <newurl>)

See commit 96f78d3 (16 Sep 2015) by Ben Boeckel (mathstuf).
(Merged by Junio C Hamano -- gitster -- in commit e437cbd, 05 Oct 2015):

remote: add get-url subcommand

Expanding insteadOf is a part of ls-remote --url and there is no way to expand pushInsteadOf as well.
Add a get-url subcommand to be able to query both as well as a way to get all configured URLs.


Retrieves the URLs for a remote.
Configurations for insteadOf and pushInsteadOf are expanded here.
By default, only the first URL is listed.

  • With '--push', push URLs are queried rather than fetch URLs.
  • With '--all', all URLs for the remote will be listed.

Before git 2.7, you had:

 git config --get remote.[REMOTE].url
 git ls-remote --get-url [REMOTE]
 git remote show [REMOTE]

answered 3 years ago Jeremy #12

To supplement the other answers: If the remote has for some reason been changed and so doesn't reflect the original origin, the very first entry in the reflog (i.e. the last entry displayed by the command git reflog) should indicate where the repo was originally cloned from.


$ git reflog | tail -n 1
f34be46 [email protected]{0}: clone: from

(Bear in mind that the reflog may be purged, so this isn't guaranteed to work.)

answered 3 years ago Sedat Kilinc #13

with git remote show origin you have to be in the projects directory. But if you want to determine the URLs from anywhere else you could use

cat <path2project>/.git/config | grep url

If you'll need this command often, you could define an alias in your .bashrc or .bash_profile with MacOS.

alias giturl='cat ./.git/config | grep url'

So you just need to call giturl in the git root folder in order to obtain simply its URL.


If you extend this alias like this

alias giturl='cat .git/config | grep -i url | cut -d'=' -f 2'

you get only the plain URL without the preceding




you get more possibilities in its usage:


On Mac you could call open $(giturl) to open the URL in the standard browser.

Or chrome $(giturl) to open it with the chrome browser on Linux.

answered 1 year ago Omar Makled #14

simple way open .git/config file

cat .git/config

to edit

vim .git/config or

nano .git/config

answered 10 months ago Christopher #15

If you do not know the name of the upstream remote for a branch, you can look that up first by inspecting the upstream branch name that the current branch was built upon. Use git rev-parse like this:

git rev-parse --symbolic-full-name --abbrev-ref @{upstream}

This shows that upstream branch that was the source for the current branch. This can be parsed to get the remote name like this:

git rev-parse --symbolic-full-name --abbrev-ref @{upstream} | cut -d / -f 1

Now take that and pipe it to git ls-remote and you'll get the URL of the upstream remote that is the source of the current branch:

git ls-remote --get-url \
  $(git rev-parse --symbolic-full-name --abbrev-ref @{upstream} | cut -d / -f 1)

Now it should be noted, that this is not necessarily the same as the source remote repository that was cloned from. In many cases however it will be enough.

answered 8 months ago Harikrishnan #16

The git URL will be inside git config file. The value corresponds to the key url

 cd project_dir
 cat .git/config | grep url | awk '{print $3}'

answered 7 months ago maytham-ɯɐɥʇʎɐɯ #17

I basically use:

git remote get-url origin

It works for git bash command console or cmd command console in Windows. That said it works with version 2.x of Git.

answered 5 months ago ecwpz91 #18


git-remote-url() {
 local rmt=$1; shift || { printf "Usage: git-remote-url [REMOTE]\n" >&2; return 1; }
 local url

 if ! git config --get remote.${rmt}.url &>/dev/null; then
  printf "%s\n" "Error: not a valid remote name" && return 1
  # Verify remote using 'git remote -v' command

 url=`git config --get remote.${rmt}.url`

 # Parse remote if local clone used SSH checkout
 [[ "$url" == [email protected]* ]] \
 && { url="${url##*:}" >&2; }; \
 { url="${url%%.git}" >&2; };

 printf "%s\n" "$url"


# Either launch a new terminal and copy `git-remote-url` into the current shell process, 
# or create a shell script and add it to the PATH to enable command invocation with bash.

# Create a local clone of your repo with SSH, or HTTPS
git clone [email protected]:your-username/your-repository.git
cd your-repository

git-remote-url origin


answered 4 months ago What Would Be Cool #19

I can never remember all the parameters to git commands, so I just put an alias in the ~/.gitconfig that makes more sense to me so I can remember it and it results in less typing.

url = ls-remote --get-url

After reloading the terminal, you can then just type

> git url

Here are a few more of my frequently used ones:

cd = checkout
ls = branch
lsr = branch --remote
lst = describe --tags

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