How to pull remote branch from somebody else’s repo?


I’ve got a project hosted on GitHub which somebody has forked. On their fork, they’ve created a new branch “foo” and made some changes. How do I pull their “foo” into a new branch also named “foo” in my repo?

I understand they could submit a pull request to me, but I’d like to initiate this process myself.

Assume the following:

  1. Because they forked my project, both our repos share the same ‘history’
  2. Although GitHub shows their project was forked from mine, my local repository doesn’t have any references to this person’s project. Do I need to add theirs as a remote?
  3. I don’t have a branch called “foo” yet – I don’t know if I need to manually create this first.
  4. I definitely want this pulled into a separate branch and not my master.


This will setup a local branch foo, tracking the remote branch coworker/foo. So when your co-worker has made some changes, you can easily pull them: