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Sync with a remote Git repository (fetch, pull, update)

Before you can share the results of your work by pushing your changes to the upstream, you need to synchronize with the remote repository to make sure your local copy of the project is up to date. You can do this in one of the following ways: fetch changes, pull changes, or update your project.

The Git branches popup indicates whether a branch has incoming commits that have not yet been fetched:

Incoming commits indicator

Fetch changes

When you fetch changes from the upstream, all new data from commits that were made since you last synced with the remote repository is downloaded into your local copy. This new data is not integrated into your local files, and changes are not applied to your code.

Fetched changes are stored as a remote branch, which gives you a chance to review them before you merge them with your files. Since fetch does not affect your local development environment, this is a safe way to get an update of all changes to a remote repository.

  • To fetch changes, from the main menu choose VCS | Git | Fetch.

Pull changes

Pulling changes from a remote repository is a convenient shortcut for fetching and subsequently applying changes to the current branch. When you pull, you not only download new data, but also integrate it into your local working copy of the project.

  1. From the main menu, choose VCS | Git | Pull. The Pull Changes dialog opens:

    The Pull dialog

  2. If you have a multi-repository project, an additional drop-down appears letting you choose the repository.

  3. If you have several remotes defined for your project, select a remote from the drop-down list (by default, it is origin).

  4. Select the branch from which you want to pull changes into the branch that is currently checked out. By default, the current remote branch is selected.

  5. If you need to pull with options, click Modify options and choose from the following:

    • --rebase: after fetching the changes from a remote branch, WebStorm will rebase them onto the current branch instead of merging them.

    • --ff-only: the merge will be resolved only if it is possible to fast-forward.

    • --no-ff: a merge commit will be created in all cases, even if the merge could be resolved as a fast-forward.

    • --squash: a single commit with all pulled changes will be created on top of the current branch.

    • --no-commit: a merge will be performed, but a merge commit will not be created so that you can inspect the result of the merge before committing.

    See https://git-scm.com/docs/git-pull for details on pull options.

  6. Click Pull.

Update your project

If you have several project roots, or want to fetch changes from all branches each time you sync with the remote repository, you may find updating your project a more convenient option.

When you perform the update operation, WebStorm fetches changes from all project roots and branches, and merges the tracked remote branches into your local working copy (equivalent to pull).

  1. From the main menu, choose VCS | Update Project or press Ctrl+T. The Update Project dialog opens.

  2. Select the update type (this strategy will be applied to all roots that are under Git version control):

    • Merge the incoming changes into the current branch: select this option to perform merge during the update. This is equivalent to running git fetch and then git merge, or git pull --no-rebase.

    • Rebase the current branch on top of the incoming changes: select this option to perform rebase during the update. This is equivalent to running git fetch and then git rebase, or git pull --rebase (all local commits will be put on top of the updated upstream head).

If you choose not to show the Update Project dialog in the future, and then want to modify the default update strategy later, in the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S select Version Control | Confirmation, select Update under Display options dialog when these commands are invoked, and modify the update strategy the next time you perform an update.

When the update operation is completed, the Update Info tab is added to the Git tool window Alt+9. It lists all commits that were made since the last sync with the remote, and lets you review the changes the same way as in the Log tab.

Last modified: 16 September 2020