How to Fork repositories in Github

 

Before describing how to fork we need to know what is forking.

Well, forking a project means, you are taking a copy of the project developed by others and you are not a contributor in that project. Surely the codes should be open source. You take a copy and start developing the codes independently in your own way and this is something more than just follow a project.

Now let’s describe the process with an example.

After login to Github.com find the repository which you like to fork.

For example Here I am forking  twitter / bootstrap.

Click on the repository name and there you will find a Fork button on the upper right side of the browser.

Click on that Fork button to fork the repo.

Fork a repository in Github

                             Fork a repository in Github

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Then it will start forking.

Wait this will take a few second to complete.

 

Fork a repository in Github

                                      Fork a repository in Github

 

After successful forking, a copy of the project is yours.

Follow that now this is showing your username / bootstrap instead of

 twitter / bootstrap

This is also showing from where the repo is forked. 

 

Fork a repository in Github

                            Fork a repository in Github

 

Now go to your Github for Windows application.

There you will find the newly forked repository.

Clone the repository in your local machine.

 

Fork a repository in Github

                             Fork a repository in Github

 

After cloning the repository it is in your local machine.

 

Fork a repository in Github

                             Fork a repository in Github

 

Now you can start developing the project.

You can also read:

How to add repository in Github

How to add code in Github

How to create issues in Github

How to view your past contributions in Github

How to watch projects on Github

How to delete a repository in Github