Find the Hidden Pull Request Info on Github

I review quite a few pull requests on Github and always thought it strange that Github does not show the repository url of the fork on which the pull request came from. I’ve always had to navigate through a few pages to find it. I need this url to add it as a remote locally and pull in the changes so that I can review them.

But I’ve had this vague memory that someone on Twitter mentioned that it is possible to find the url on the pull request page. I went through my Twitter favourites and couldn’t find anything. A while ago I (re)discovered this little Github secret.

I’m writing this down mostly as a reminder for myself. Here it is, click the i:


When you click this, Github shows all the steps to do the merge manually and *ta-da* the fork’s url as an http url or a git url.


Git merge commit with no fast forward

When working in open source, it is quite common that I want to either manually merge in a pull request or refer to a Github issue when merging in one of my own branches. If you do a merge and there are no merge conflicts then Git will not create a commit. It does a fast-forward merge as this is the desired behaviour most of the time.

To create a merge commit when merge in a branch, I use this command:

git merge branchname --no-ff -m "Merge pull request #999 from fork/branch"

The –no-ff switch means no fast-forward while merging. There is some Github functionality in the commit message. Using # and the issue or pull request number will create an automatic link to this commit in the issue or pull request.

Github PR
Commit reference as seen in a Github Pull Request