‘src refspec master does not match any’ when pushing commits in Git

Sample problem:

I clone my repository with:

git clone ssh://xxxxx/xx.git 

But after I change some files and add and commit them, I want to push them to the server:

git add xxx.php
git commit -m "TEST"
git push origin master

But the error I get back is:

error: src refspec master does not match any.  
error: failed to push some refs to 'ssh://xxxxx.com/project.git'

‘src refspec master does not match any’ when pushing commits in Git – [Resolution]

Maybe you just need to commit. I ran into this when I did:

mkdir repo && cd repo
git remote add origin /path/to/origin.git
git add .

Oops! Never committed!

git push -u origin master
error: src refspec master does not match any.

All I had to do was:

git commit -m "initial commit"
git push origin master

Success!

Answer #2:

  1. Try git show-ref to see what refs you have. Is there a refs/heads/master?

Due to the recent “Replacing master with main in GitHub” action, you may notice that there is a refs/heads/main. As a result, the following command may change from git push origin HEAD:master to git push origin HEAD:main

  1. You can try git push origin HEAD:master as a more local-reference-independent solution. This explicitly states that you want to push the local ref HEAD to the remote ref master (see the git-push refspec documentation).

Answer #3:

  1. My changes were already committed
  2. Force push still gave me the same error.

So I tried the second solution:

git push origin HEAD:<remoteBranch> 

This worked for me.

Answer #4:

I also had a similar error after deleting all files on my local computer, and I have to clean up all files in the repository.

My error message was something like this:

error: src refspec master does not match any.
error: failed to push some refs to '[email protected] ... .git'

And it was solved by executing the following commands:

touch README
git add README

git add (all other files)
git commit -m 'reinitialized files'
git push origin master --force  # <- caution, --force can delete others work.

‘src refspec master does not match any’ when pushing commits in Git- Answer #5:

Try this:

git push -u origin master
error: src refspec master does not match any.

For that you need to enter the commit message as follows and then push the code:

git commit -m "initial commit"

git push origin master

Successfully pushed to master.

OR

For me I had to make sure the public key is properly configured on the server (appended in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys) and in GitHub/Bitbucket (added to my SSH keys on GitHub or Bitbucket) – they need to match. Then:

git add --all :/
git commit -am 'message'
git push -u origin master

Answer #6:

Missing or skipping git add . or git commit may cause this error:

git push -u origin master
Username for 'https://github.com': yourusername
Password for 'https://[email protected]': 
error: src refspec master does not match any.
error: failed to push some refs to 'https://github.com/yourusername/foobar.git'

To fix it, reinitialize and follow the proper sequence:

git init
git add .
git commit -m 'message'
git *create remote
git push -u origin master

Answer #7:

Problem faced

I had the same problem when I was creating a new repository on GitHub and linking it with my react-app in the client computer I have.

I used the following steps:

Commands used before the problem

git init
git commit -m "first commit"
git branch -M main
git remote add origin "_git repository link here_"
git push -u origin main

My mistake

But as you can see my mistake was not using the git add . command I did this mistake because I already had README.md file and GitHub instructs us with basic commands while creating the repository.

My solution

My solution is to use git add . after git init command.

Use the following set of commands in the same order to overcome the problem:

git init
git add .
git commit -m "first commit"
git branch -M main
git remote add origin "_git repository link here_"
git push -u origin main

Hope you learned something from this post.

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