With all of the latest panic of Microsoft buying GitHub, and being that I have
been a user of both GitHub and GitLab for years I wanted to prepare myself in
the off chance that I may decide to abandon GitHub as well. I have definitely
invested a huge amount of time and effort into my GitHub repos so that move may
never happen but just in case it does I wanted to get this together and start
planning. GitLab definitely has a very easy way to import only certain GitHub repos
or you can import all of them with one click of a button (which I did) and for
me that was nearly 400 repos so it took some time but was very simple. One thing
to note is that when you do import your GitHub repos into GitLab, the repos will
by default be setup as
private repos (a very safe move).
In this scenario we will be keeping GitHub as our primary source with GitLab being setup to sync (push) only (for now!).
NOTE: The repos must already exist on GitHub and GitLab. You can easily import the GitHub repo into GitLab using their import functionality.
Check current Git Remotes:
git remote -v origin https://github.com/mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git (fetch) origin https://github.com/mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git (push)
In my scenario I will be switching to using SSH rather than HTTPS for simplicity of various GitLab accounts that I have which must remain seperate. So you must first add your SSH key to each GitHub and GitLab.
Remove the current
git remote remove origin
NOTE: You do not need to do this if you are not changing either SSH or HTTPS. But you can also just as easy switch this without removing
git remote set-url origin [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git
Add new remote
git remote add github [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git
Add new remote
git remote add gitlab [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git
Now check your current Git remotes:
Now let’s add back our
git remote add origin [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git
Now we will add gitlab as an additional
origin remote (for push only):
git remote set-url --add --push origin [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git
And if we now check our Git remotes:
git remote -v github [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git (fetch) github [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git (push) gitlab [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git (fetch) gitlab [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git (push) origin [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git (fetch) origin [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git (push) origin [email protected]:mrlesmithjr/Ansible.git (push)
And finally we must set our upstream remote because we removed our original
git push --set-upstream origin master Branch 'master' set up to track remote branch 'master' from 'origin'. Everything up-to-date Branch 'master' set up to track remote branch 'master' from 'origin'. Everything up-to-date
And as you can see from the above we have now pushed to both GitHub and GitLab. Obviously there were not any changes but from here on out when you make changes, commit, and push the changes, both GitHub and GitLab will be in sync.
You may have also noticed we added remotes named
when we could have simply just added the new
origin remote. This is only to
give us the ability to specifically fetch/push to the respective remote if needed.
This was mainly put together for my own personal reference but maybe it might also benefit others at the same time. So as always, ENJOY!
NOTE: Don’t just jump on the bandwagon of #movingtogitlab but definitely prepare yourself if it makes sense and keep OSS alive.