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Checks out a pull request locally

Examples (TL;DR)


git-pr [-m|--merge] <number> [<remote>]
git-pr [-m|--merge] <[remote]:number>...
git-pr [-m|--merge] <url>...
git-pr clean


Creates a local branch based on a GitHub pull request number or URL, and switch to that branch afterwards.



The name of the remote to fetch from. Defaults to origin.


GitHub pull request URL in the format

-m | --merge
Checkout a merge commit against the branch the pull request is targeting. Because this feature uses a private API with which GitHub checks the pull request´s mergeability, it only works with the opened pull request. If the merge commit is not up-to-date, please visit the pull request web page to trigger the rebuild.


This checks out the pull request 226 from origin:

$ git pr 226

remote: Counting objects: 12, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (9/9), done.
remote: Total 12 (delta 3), reused 9 (delta 3)
Unpacking objects: 100% (12/12), done.
 * [new ref]         refs/pull/226/head -> pr/226

Switched to branch ´pr/226´

This pulls from a different remote:

$ git pr 226 upstream

This does the same thing as the command above:

$ git pr upstream:226

You can also checkout a pull request based on a GitHub URL:

$ git pr

 * [new ref]         refs/pull/453/head -> pr/453
Switched to branch ´pr/453´

You could even pull multiple pull requests via the GitHub URL or the ID with remote specified:

$ git pr upstream:226 upstream:443
$ git pr upstream:443

Note that git pr PR-A PR-B is equal to:

$ git pr PR-A
$ git pr PR-B

Therefore, if one of the pull request is failed to pull, this command will still go ahead and pull the others. The final exit code will be decided by the result of the final pulling.

With --merge option, you could check out a merge commit:

$ git pr origin:755 --merge
remote: Enumerating objects: 3, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (3/3), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (3/3), done.
remote: Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 0
Unpacking objects: 100% (3/3), done.
bf7dd69..de6e51c  refs/pull/755/merge -> pr/755
Switched to branch ´pr/775´

$ git log pr/775 --oneline
de6e51c (pr/755) Merge bf7dd6...

To clean up old branches:

$ git pr clean

Deleted branch pr/226 (was b96a8c2).
Deleted branch pr/220 (was d34dc0f).
Deleted branch pr/775 (was de6e51c).


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See Also


Referenced By

git-extras(1), git-mr(1).

September 2020 Git Extras