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How to migrate master branch to main in Github?

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·Jun 21, 2021·

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How to migrate master branch to main in Github?

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Few months back, Github changed the default branch from master to main. Due to this change, most of the projects were forced migrate from master to main branch. Recently I faced this problem for one of my projects.

After multiple trials and errors, I successfully migrated my project to main branch. I would like to share the steps and it would help you when you face the similar problem in the future.

#1: Connect local repo with your remote repo

git remote add origin <remote_github_url>

#2: Pull the main source code

git pull origin main

#3: Move the source from master to main branch

git branch -m master main

#4: Add and commit your changes

git add .
git commit -m "master branch changed to main"

#5: Set upstream and push changes to remote

git push --set-upstream origin main

Now all your changes have been reflected into remote main branch.

NOTE : Backup your source code before you do all these changes.

 
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