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How to Use BitBucket and GitHub at the Same Time for One Project?

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais

I had a repository for which I needed the remote to be hosted both at BitBucket and GitHub. So, I figured out a few easy solutions to deal with it.

A few EASY solutions.

⚡️ Method #1: Multiple Remotes Pushed (And Fetched) Independently#

This is the easiest to get your head around, but the most effort to maintain.

We start out by adding our new remote:

$ cd myproject
$ git remote add bitbucket ssh://[email protected]/user/myproject.git
$ git push bitbucket master

Straight forward no? Except of course every time we commit any changes, we need to push to both our original “origin” and our new remote “bitbucket”:

$ git push origin master
$ git push bitbucket master

Not a massive overhead, but I’m sure it will grate over time. Or you can create an alias alias gpob="git push origin master && git push bitbucket master". That goes in your bash or zsh profile.

⚡️ Method #2: Single Remote With Multiple URLs Pushed (And Fetched) Consecutively#

With this method, we are going to add an additional URL to our existing remote “origin”:

$ cd myproject
$ git remote set-url --add origin ssh://[email protected]/user/myproject.git
$ git push origin master
Everything up-to-date
Everything up-to-date
Much less effort!

Of course silver lining has a cloud, and in this case, it is that while we can push to multiple URLs simultaneously, we can only fetch from the original origin (you can change this, but that is out of scope for this post).

Finally, to see which remote will be fetched from:

$ git remote -v show
Happy hacking!

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Comments 12
  • Daniel
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    Daniel Daniel

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    Pretty neat trick. Awesome!


  • Muhammad Arslan Aslam
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    Muhammad Arslan Aslam Muhammad Arslan Aslam

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    Or the origin can only be on bitbucket and you can use post web hooks on bitbucket to send a custom URL every time a push request is made. That URL can host a file containing instructions to make a pull on your repo on github. Not sure this is a good idea. Would be happy to hear what you think!


    • Ahmad Awais
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      Ahmad Awais Ahmad Awais

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      That would contain one too many dependencies, this however is automate-able!


  • Lorenzo
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    Lorenzo Lorenzo

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    Pretty cool stuff! Thanks for sharing!


  • Aydın
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    Aydın Aydın

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    Hi Ahmad,

    Is it possible to revert it. I’m getting the error below:

    warning: remote.origin.url has multiple values
    fatal: could not set ‘remote.origin.url’ to “…”


    • Aydın
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      Aydın Aydın

      Reply Author

      Ok, reverted it in .git/config


  • Abhay
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    Abhay Abhay

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    Thanks for the article…do we have to this remote add for all the repos separately or is there a way to do this for all the repos simultaneously? I am trying to clone repos in Bitbucket and gitlab but I have more than 25 repos, so it would be really great if i can do this in all the repos in a single or very few steps instead of adding it individually for all the repos….Thanks!!


  • Abhay
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    Abhay Abhay

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    Any way we can do the same changes for all the projects at the same time?