How to git clone and checkout only a branch

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To git clone a specific branch without downloading the entire repository, do the following:

REPOSITORY=https://github.com/django/django BRANCH=master mkdir $BRANCH cd $BRANCH git init git remote add -t $BRANCH -f origin $REPOSITORY git checkout $BRANCH

This will download only the requested branch without fetching the full repository.

$ git branch --all * master remotes/origin/master