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Submitting Pull Requests to Another Person's Repository on GitHub

coding, GitHub, software development2 min read

github pull requests

Pull requests are an important feature of GitHub repositories.

GitHub is great for collaboration, but no one wants their code changed without permission. GitHub addresses the concept of controlling changes to your code via pull requests, wherein anyone looking to alter your code must get your approval for the changes they'd like to make.

How to Pull Request Someone Else's Repository

What if you want to make edits to another person's repository?

Step 1 - Go to the repository you'd like to edit and click Fork

GitHub Repository Fork

Step 2 - Clone your Fork to your computer using the following steps:

  • Go into your new repository, click the green Clone button, and copy the URL to your clipboard.
Clone GitHub Repo
  • On your computer, create a new folder with the same name as your repository.
  • Open your command line, navigate to the folder you just created, and enter the command git clone + the URL you copied to your clipboard.

Note - these are the same steps you'd use to work with a brand-new GitHub repository, as I described in a previous blog post

Step 3 - Make your desired changes

Step 4 - Push those changes to your Fork (as you would with any GitHub repository)

Step 5 - Go to the Pull Requests tab of your Fork. GitHub should default to sending the pull request to the base repository you forked from. Confirm that this is the case and that the changes you've made are correct, then click Create Pull Request.

Create Pull Request

Add a description to your pull request so the owner of the original repository has an idea of what you're trying to do. Then click Create Pull Request again. Now you're all set! It's up to the owner of the original repository now to decide whether to accept your pull request.

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