I am unable to add a remote repo to github if it does not already exist on github.

magit-init Add some files, stage and commit.

Then magit-remote-add --> Remote name:github --> Remote url: https://github.com/username/repoName.git

This fails with:

Updating github
remote: Repository not found.
fatal: repository 'https://github.com/userName/repoName.git/' not found
error: Could not fetch github

It all works fine if go to github.com and create the new repo there first, but this is an extra step. I'm wondering how can I create a new repo on github directly from magit.

2 Answers 2


Emacs does not provide any direct functionality to interface with Github directly. Refer to this answer by one our members. He wrote an implementation to create repo from magit.

  • Thanks, will give that a try at some point.
    – joelnNC
    Feb 15, 2019 at 18:03

You can use Ghub, for example, to create a new repository named "my-cool-project", simply run:

(ghub-post "/user/repos" '((name . "my-cool-project")))

If you want set the name of the repository to the git directory name, you can use:

(when-let ((git-root (locate-dominating-file default-directory ".git"))
           (basename (file-name-nondirectory (directory-file-name git-root))))
  (ghub-post "/user/repos" `((name . ,basename))))

There are also many other optional parameters for creating a new repository, such as description, homepage and private, see https://developer.github.com/v3/repos/#create.

  • good suggestion, but does not involve magit.
    – A_P
    Feb 15, 2019 at 19:29
  • 1
    @A_P that's right, since creating a new github project has nothing to do with git/magit.
    – xuchunyang
    Feb 15, 2019 at 21:44

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