In the simplest terms, git pull does a git fetch followed by git merge.

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You can do a git fetch at any time to update your remote-tracking branches in refs/remotes//.

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This never changes any of your local branches under refs/heads and is probably safe to do without changing your working copy. I’ve even heard of people running git fetch periodically in a cron job in the background (though I wouldn’t recommend doing this).

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Git pull is what you would do to update your local branch with its remote version, while also updating your rejmote-tracking branches.

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