Transfer gist repo to github

I am working on a small project with gist and since it is growing I would like to put it on github.

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    • my gist repo is at:
    • my new (empty) repo is at:

    The ideal solution would be one that pushes my changes on both the gist and the github repository.

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  • 6 Solutions collect form web for “Transfer gist repo to github”

    Github now has a new feature – import from another repository. So the steps are much simplified:

    1. Create a new, blank repository
    2. Use the import feature and specify the URL of the repository.
    3. Profit!


    You don’t have to create a repo. The + button in the top right corner now has ‘Import Repository’ as an option.

    screenshot from github

    You can add the github repository as a remote to your checked out gist repository.

    git clone
    git remote add github

    Push it to initialize the git on github

    git push -u github master

    If your github repo wasn’t quite empty (you created it with a README, license, etc. which you don’t mind losing) you will have to do a force overwrite on your push

    git push -f -u github master

    If you don’t want to lose the exiting commits and files, see

    This will also change the upstream of the branch, so github will be default.

    You now can rename the remote of gist:

    git remote rename origin gist

    Each time you make changes (or pull changes from github/gist), you can do:

    git push                 # To github
    git push gist master     # To gist

    This will also push back your changes to the gist and not only the github repo.

    Clone the gist (e.g. git clone git:// to your local harddrive, then set the new URL for origin (e.g. git remote set-url origin Push to the new repository (git push origin master). Happy gitting!

    Sorry for shaking an old question, and that I can’t comment, but in the second step as given by gzm0 you may have to use –force, i.e.

    git push -f -u github master

    It may have been because there was a README in the Github repo, but I guess others may run into this too.

    You can clone the gist locally.

    Add the github repository as new remote.

    Push your local repository to the new github remote.

    Delete all files in your gist but the file . in this file you can write a hint that the gist has moved to a new repository

    My edit to the accepted answer was getting lengthy so I created a separate answer to hold it.

    If your repo is not empty and you don’t want to lose the exiting commits and files, the accepted answer doesn’t apply to you. You will have to either:

    1. If you do not care about the commit history of the gist…
      • Copy the files over, git add, git commit
    2. If you want to keep the commit history of the gist…
      • Use git cherry-pick or format-patch which is outside of the scope of this answer. See Is it possible to cherry-pick a commit from another git repository?
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