GitHub (version for Windows no longer shows me all the remote branches. This is working with a GitHub for Enterprise server.

For example, when I click on the branches drop down, it used to show me all the remote branches in origin, but now only shows me branches I’ve checked out locally.

Is this a bug or is there some setting adjustment I need to make?

3 Answers 3


Hit F5 on your keyboard.

You won't see anything, but it should fetch your remote branches.

  • 3
    I wonder why they don't add it to the GUI. But it works perfectly, thanks.
    – ChrisB
    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:28
  • I wonder how you discovered it tho hahaha Feb 6, 2017 at 10:18
  • F5 refreshes your browser, so I tried it ;-)
    – Jack
    Feb 7, 2017 at 5:55
  • Since this works within the desktop app without having to go over to Git Shell, I think this is the best answer since OP was asking specifically about the desktop app. May 30, 2017 at 15:17
  • @Jack mind explaining how you figure this out? Thanks anyways!
    – Odys
    Sep 27, 2017 at 9:59

You could try:

git fetch

Run this from within the directory that contains your local repository. Fetching from a repository grabs all the new remote-tracking branches and tags without merging those changes into your own branches.

This is a command that you can make via the command prompt in a command window. To use it you need to install a git CLI (Command Line Interface) - which lets you issue manual git commands.

  • Exactly what was needed, good answer.
    – Kickaha
    Mar 24, 2016 at 23:53
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    Any ideas why there isn't a GUI way to do this?
    – fratrik
    Aug 9, 2016 at 19:21

git fetch doesn't always to the trick it seems. If you know the name of the branch you could just simply git checkout <branch-name>. If you enter the name correctly you'll be switched to that branch.

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