How to migrate from Bitbucket to GitHub

Robert Chanphakeo

We have been happily using Bitbucket over the last years. But as more and more tools offer better out-of-the-box integration with Gitub, we increasingly move our repositories over to Github.

Here are the steps to move a Git repository:

Step 1: Create Github repository

First, create a new private repository on It’s important to keep the repository empty, e.g. don’t check option Initialize this repository with a README when creating the repository.

Step 2: Move existing content

Next, we need to fill the Github repository with the content from our Bitbucket repository:

  1. Check out the existing repository from Bitbucket
$ git clone

2. Add the new Github repository as upstream remote of the repository checked out from Bitbucket

$ git remote add upstream

3. Push all branches

$ git push upstream master
$ git push --tags upstream

Step 3: Clean up old repository

Delete the bitbucket repository.

Robert Chanphakeo

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