Git Pull with Submodule

Pull git repo with submodule

For a repo with submodules, we can pull all submodules using

git submodule update --init --recursive

for the first time. All submodules will be pulled down locally.

To update submodules, we can use

git submodule update --recursive --remote

or simply

git pull --recurse-submodules

The first one works for git version 1.8.2 or above while the second one works for git version 1.7.3 or above.


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L Ma (2017). 'Git Pull with Submodule', Datumorphism, 02 April. Available at: