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How to rename a GitHub repository

Steps to rename a GitHub repo

It’s not a task you will likely have to do often, but every once in a while the situation arises in which you must rename a Git repository. Here are the required steps to accomplish this task

  1. Ensure you have logged into the GitHub admin console
  2. Navigate to the GitHub Repositories tab showing all of the Git repos created
  3. Select the GitHub repository to rename
  4. Click on the GitHub repository’s Settings page
  5. Type in a new name for the GitHub repo
  6. Click the Rename button to commit the changes

GitHub repo rename considerations

One concern many users have is that the renaming of a GitHub repository will cause problems with Git clone, push, pull, and fetch operations, as the GitHub URL is changed, and that often leads to a repository not found error.

GiHub repo moved

GitHub repository moved message after the repo is renamed.

Fortunately, the GitHub team has you covered in this regard. If any users perform a Git push or pull with the old Git URL, the server will perform a redirect while instructing the developer to update their remote Git references. So even though the Git repository URL changed, when you rename the GitHub repo, it won’t negatively impact users on the DevOps team.

rename GitHub repository

The GitHub repo rename operation is relatively straight forward.


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