When you get the error
fatal: remote origin already exists. after running this command inside a local Git repository:
git remote add origin https://github.com/profile-name/project-name.git
It’s usually because you cloned a remote repository that already has a remote origin URL configured. But that’s not how Git works.
The quick fix is to replace
add origin with
However you might want to learn something while you’re here, so read on.
In your Terminal, while inside the cloned project folder (local repository), run this command:
git remote --verbose
This will give you the origin URLs for fetch and push, for the repo you cloned.
Let’s say you just cloned the official create-react-app project from Facebook’s GitHub repository:
git clone https://github.com/facebook/create-react-app.git
Then in your Terminal, while inside your
create-react-app directory, you run the
git remote --verbose command while inside it, and get this output:
origin https://github.com/facebook/create-react-app.git (fetch) origin https://github.com/facebook/create-react-app.git (push)
This should be an AHA moment, look at the remote origin URLs, they point to Facebooks GitHub profile
But you want them to point to your GitHub profile
You need to change the origin URLs, by using the aforementioned
set-url command instead of
While inside your Terminal where you just got the
fatal error, run this command (replace
profile-name with your real GitHub profile name, and
project-name with the name of your GitHub remote repository):
git remote set-url origin https://github.com/profile-name/project-name
In my case, since my GitHub profile name is
TechStacker and I created a remote GitHub repo also called
create-react-app (the same as the cloned repo), my command looks like this:
git remote set-url origin https://github.com/TechStacker/create-react-app
To confirm, I’ll run the
git remote --verbose command again. This time, both my origin URLs (fetch & push) point to my GitHub profile:
origin https://github.com/TechStacker/create-react-app (fetch) origin https://github.com/TechStacker/create-react-app (push)
set-url command simply updates the origin URL of your repository, so it now points to your remote repository, instead of the profile where you cloned the project from.