How can I fork a public repository, but make my fork private? I do have the subscription to support private repositories.
The answers are correct but don't mention how to sync code between the public repo and the fork.
Here is the full workflow (we've done this before open sourcing React Native):
First, duplicate the repo as others said (details here):
Create a new repo (let's call it
private-repo) via the Github UI. Then:
git clone --bare https://github.com/exampleuser/public-repo.git cd public-repo.git git push --mirror https://github.com/yourname/private-repo.git cd .. rm -rf public-repo.git
Clone the private repo so you can work on it:
git clone https://github.com/yourname/private-repo.git cd private-repo make some changes git commit git push origin master
To pull new hotness from the public repo:
cd private-repo git remote add public https://github.com/exampleuser/public-repo.git git pull public master # Creates a merge commit git push origin master
Awesome, your private repo now has the latest code from the public repo plus your changes.
Finally, to create a pull request private repo -> public repo:
Use the GitHub UI to create a fork of the public repo (the small "Fork" button at the top right of the public repo page). Then:
git clone https://github.com/yourname/the-fork.git cd the-fork git remote add private_repo_yourname https://github.com/yourname/private-repo.git git checkout -b pull_request_yourname git pull private_repo_yourname master git push origin pull_request_yourname
Now you can create a pull request via the Github UI for public-repo, as described here.
Once project owners review your pull request, they can merge it.
Of course the whole process can be repeated (just leave out the steps where you add remotes).