Dogweather Dogweather - 3 months ago 20
Git Question

How do I create a new GitHub repo from a branch in an existing repo?

I have master and new-project branches. And now I'd like to create a brand new repo with its master based on the new-project branch.

Background: I have one repository which contains three independent applications. It didn't start out this way. There was originally just one app in the repo. Over time, however, business needs have changed. One app became two (a legacy version and a re-write.) A web service was added. Separate branches were used to contain the three projects. However, they don't share any code. And so it'd be simpler to have them split out into their own repos.


I started with @user292677's idea, and refined it to solve my problem:

  1. Create the new_repo in github.
  2. cd to your local copy of the old repo you want to extract from, which is set up to track the old_branch that will become the new_repo's master.
  3. $ git push +old_branch:master

The new Github repo is finished. The result is;

  • a new Github repository named new_repo,
  • whose master corresponds to old_branch, with
  • all history preserved.

In fact, I found that by using this method, I could create the new repo with a hand-picked selection of branches, renamed as I wanted:

$ git push +old_branch:master +site3a:rails3

The result is that the pre-existing site3a branch is now also moved to the new repo and will appear as rails3. This works really well: the network diagram shows the new master and rails3 with full history and in their correct relationship to each other.

Update 2013-12-07: Used this with another project, and verified that this recipe still works.