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Difference between ‘git pull’ and ‘git fetch’?


In the simplest terms, git pull does a git fetch followed by a git merge.

You can do a git fetch at any time to update your remote-tracking branches under refs/remotes/<remote>/.

This operation never changes any of your own local branches under refs/heads, and is safe to do without changing your working copy. I have even heard of people running git fetchperiodically in a cron job in the background (although I wouldn’t recommend doing this).

git pull is what you would do to bring a local branch up-to-date with its remote version, while also updating your other remote-tracking branches.

Git documentation: git pull

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/292357/what-is-the-difference-between-git-pull-and-git-fetch