Following this how-to by Nassos Michas


  • create a new blank repo, e.g. via GitHub ux
  • git clone --mirror old-repo-URL new-repo-name note URL of old repo, but name of new one
  • change remote to URL of new repo: cd new-repo-name && git remote set-url origin new-repo-URL
  • git push this will take a while, and may show errors…
  • cd .. && rm -rf ./new-repo-name because we need to clone it fresh (not as a mirror)…
  • git clone new-repo-URL && cd new-repo-name the clone may take a while

The new repo on GitHub will need to have its default branch set.