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packit sync-from-downstream

This is a detailed documentation for the downstream sync functionality of packit. The command creates a new pull request in upstream repository using a selected branch (main by default) from Fedora dist-git repository.


  • Fedora dist-git repository.
  • Packit config file placed in the upstream repository.
  • Pagure API tokens for Fedora Dist-git.
  • GitHub API token.


  • Starting with packit 0.5.2 and later, you only need to set a single token to interact with dist-git. You needed two in the past. Please populate your local config at ~/.config/packit.yaml for packit so it can talk to the remote services:
# you can obtain the token over here:
github_token: 123
# and this one right here:
pagure_user_token: 456
  • The files which are synced are listed in .packit.yaml under the files_to_sync configuration key.

  • Once you want to sync Fedora dist-git repo into the upstream repo, run packit sync-from-downstream in a working directory of your upstream repository:

$ git clone
$ cd colin
$ packit sync-from-downstream
upstream active branch master
Cloning repo: -> /tmp/tmph9npe78e
using master dist-git branch
syncing /tmp/tmph9npe78e/colin.spec
PR created:

packit sync-from-downstream --help

Usage: packit sync-from-downstream [OPTIONS] [PATH_OR_URL]

Copy synced files from Fedora dist-git into upstream by opening a pull

PATH_OR_URL argument is a local path or a URL to the upstream git
repository, it defaults to the current working directory

--dist-git-branch TEXT Comma separated list of target branches in dist-git
to sync from. (defaults to repo's default branch)
--upstream-branch TEXT Target branch in upstream to sync to. (defaults to
repo's default branch)
--no-pr Do not create a pull request to upstream repository.
--fork / --no-fork Push to a fork before creating a pull request.
--remote-to-push TEXT Name of the remote where packit should push. If this
is not specified, push to a fork if the repo can be
-f, --force Don't discard changes in the git repo by default,
unless this is set.
-p, --package TEXT Package to sync back, if more than one available,
like in a monorepo configuration. Use it multiple
times to select multiple packages.Defaults to all
the packages listed inside the config.
-x, --exclude TEXT File to exclude from sync
-h, --help Show this message and exit.