This article explains how to fix git title: ‘How to fix git fatal: remote origin already exists’ during the push or add commands.
To make any application or folder/directory as git enabled, you have to initialize the
git init command.
Once git is initialized, we have to either create a new repository or existing repository to map this to existing directory.
if this directory is created in nested folder of any git repository, git command throws
git fatal: remote origin already exists error.
What does it origin mean?
This error comes during multiple use cases
- created a local nested folder app which is a child folder a local git repository, which this folder want to map to new remote repository
B:\blog\jswork>git remote add origin https://github.com/intkiran/react-auth0-login.git fatal: remote origin already exists.
fatal: remote origin already exists.
This does means you are creating origin local name in already adding existing repository.
In any local repository, How do you know the remote repository url? using the
-v option gives the local name with remote url as described following
git remote -v
And the output is
origin https://github.com/intkiran/react-auth0-login.git (fetch) origin https://github.com/intkiran/react-auth0-login.git (push)
This will gives the remote repository url mapped with local name ie origin.
origin is the local name for remote repository given by default.
This error occurs during adding new url to the existing origin.
This post covers the solution for following errors in git command
- fatal: No such remote:
- Remote origin already exists on ‘git push’ to a new repository
There are many ways we can fix this.
Remove origin name from the given existing repository
First, delete the local name origin for given remote repository using following command
git remote rm origin
next, add the origin name to new remote repository
git remote add origin remote-repo-url
set-url Change origin name from the given existing repository
git remote set-url neworigin remote-repo-url
if remote-repo-url does not exists, it gives an error
fatal: No such remote:
Replace current origin to new url
below set the new url for local name origin.
git remote set-url origin remote-repo-url
rename existing origin name
Last approach is to rename existing origin to new name
git remote rename origin neworigin
Finally, It is important to verify the name mapped to the urls using below command
git remote -v
There are many ways we can fix this errors with above solutions