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How to make a pull request on GitHub from the command line


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You need to install hub, which is a tool that will wrap your git cli tool with some useful utility functions to interact with GitHub.

Fork the project

To start, just fork the project you want to contribute from github.com.

Set the upstream origin

To stay aligned with the project’s lifecycle, you’ll need to set a reference to it.

You do this by setting an additional remote endpoint to the git url of the original project.

From the root of the project, you can do this by executing

git remote add upstream [GIT_URL]

where you would replace [GIT_URL] with the original git url of the project.

Keep hacking and rebase

If the project is growing fast, you’ll need to keep up with its pace. You do this by rebasing your changes upon the commits of the original project.

git fetch upstream/master   # fetch the latest changes
git rebase upstream/master  # apply your changes upon the others

Pull request!

Once everything is in sync and the tests pass, you can make a pull request from the command line with the following command:

git pull-request

If you’re having trouble with this guide, I would like to help you out to contribute to your favuorite open source project.