Check Out a Pull Request by Number
Pull requests on GitHub can come from the same repo, or they can come from a fork. If they come from the same repo, then they can easily be checked out locally:
$ git checkout cool-feature
But what if the pull request comes from a fork? It’s a bit laborious to check it out locally:
$ git remote add someone-else firstname.lastname@example.org:someone-else/foobar.git $ git fetch someone-else $ git checkout someone-else/neat-feature
You can avoid the need to add a new remote by checking out a pull request by number, as its own branch in your local repo. Assuming that you want to check out PR #50:
$ git fetch origin pull/50/head:pr/50 $ git checkout pr/50
Voila! No need for a new remote, since GitHub turns pull requests into pseudo-branches. Note that this will work with any pull request, even ones that aren’t from a fork.
If you’d like this as a git alias, add the following to your
co-pr = !sh -c 'git fetch origin pull/$1/head:pr/$1 && git checkout pr/$1' -
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Now you can run
git co-pr 50 any time!