git-http-fetch - Linux


git-http-fetch allows you to fetch data over HTTP, such as Git repositories. It interacts with a Git server over an HTTP connection, enabling you to retrieve repositories, branches, and other Git-related content remotely.


git http-fetch [<options>] <url>


  • –all: Fetch all branches (instead of the default, which is to fetch only the current branch and its direct ancestors).
  • –depth=: Limit the history to the last <n> commits.
  • –heads: Fetch all heads (branches).
  • –no-tags: Do not fetch tags.
  • –tags: Fetch all tags.
  • –update-shallow: Only fetch missing commits to complete the shallow clone.


  • Fetch a remote repository and its branches:
git http-fetch
  • Fetch only the current branch and its direct ancestors:
git http-fetch my-branch
  • Fetch all branches and tags:
git http-fetch --heads --tags
  • Fetch a specific remote branch:
git http-fetch refs/heads/other-branch

Common Issues

  • Network connectivity issues: Ensure your network connection is stable and that the remote server is accessible.
  • Authentication errors: If you’re fetching from a private repository, verify your credentials and ensure you have the necessary permissions.
  • Shallow clone errors: If you’re seeing errors related to a shallow clone, use the --update-shallow option to fetch missing commits.


  • With git-remote: Add or modify a remote that uses HTTP:
git remote add my-remote
  • With git-pull: Fetch and merge changes from a remote:
git pull

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