RE: What are the differences between Git Fetch and Git Pull?

While using Git, I've come across the commands git fetch and git pull. Can someone explain the difference between them and when to use each?

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`git fetch` and `git pull` are two commands used for getting updates from a remote repository. The `git fetch` command downloads new data from a remote repository but doesn't integrate any of this new data into your working files. It's a safe command that can be executed without fear of altering your work. In contrast, `git pull` is a combination of `git fetch` followed by `git merge`. When you use this command, Git will do two things: 1. Fetch the updated data from the remote repository (like running `git fetch`). 2. Try to merge new data into your current files (like running `git merge`). `git pull` is a bit riskier if you have uncommitted changes, as the merge can potentially overwrite and clash with your local changes, but it's more convenient because it fetches and merges in one command. Generally, use `git fetch` to check if there are changes in the remote repository without affecting your local work. Opt for `git pull` when you're ready to integrate these changes into your local files.
Answered on August 3, 2023.
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