How to Clone Specific Git Branch from Remote Repository

This tutorial will help you to clone a specific git branch from the remote git repository via command line.


You need to specify the branch name with -b command switch. Here is the syntax of the command to clone the specific git branch.

git clone -b <BRANCH_NAME>  <GIT_REMOTE_URL>


The following command will clone the branch 5.1-branch from the WordPress git repository.

git clone -b 5.1-branch

The above command clones only the specific branch but fetches the details of other branches. You can view all branches details with command git branch -a.

You can use --single-branch to prevent fetching details of other branches like below:

git clone -b 5.1-branch --single-branch

All done. You can view the currently active branch by running the command:

git branch