Somebody pushed a branch called test with git push origin test to a shared repository. I can see the branch with git branch -r.
Now I’m trying to check out the remote test branch.
git checkout test which does nothing
git checkout origin/test gives * (no branch). Which is confusing. How can I be on “no branch”?
How do I check out a remote Git branch?
Jakub’s answer actually improves on this. With Git versions ≥ 1.6.6, with only one remote, you can just do:
git checkout test
As user masukomi points out in a comment, git checkout test will NOT work in modern git if you have multiple remotes. In this case use
git checkout -b test
or the shorthand
git checkout -t
Before you can start working locally on a remote branch, you need to fetch it as called out in answers below.
To fetch a branch, you simply need to:
git fetch origin
This will fetch all of the remote branches for you. You can see the branches available for checkout with:
git branch -v -a
With the remote branches in hand, you now need to check out the branch you are interested in, giving you a local working copy:
git checkout -b test origin/test