Fork a Project

Forking a project creates a copy of an existing project and its components. The fork always points back to the original project, forming a network of citations. You might a fork a project to expand upon another's work. For example, a professor may create an OSF project with student assignments. Each student forks the project to have his or her own copy of the materials to start his/her own work.

NOTE: When forking another user's project, only components which are public or on which you are a contributor wil be forked. Private components will not be copied.

Create a fork

Click the Fork icon in the top right of the project "Overview" page.

Then click Fork this Project from the drop-down menu.

A modal will appear, asking if you want to fork the project.

Click the Fork button.

You will receive an email with a link to the forked project.

Click the link in the email to go to the forked project.

New forks are private by default. You can change the privacy settings on your fork after it has been created.

Forked projects will link back to the original project. You can find this link on the fork's "Overview" page below the title.

Forked projects will be named "Fork of [project name]" by default. See Rename a Project for instructions on how to change the title.

Fork a linked project

If a project has a linked project, you can fork the linked project directly from the "Components" section.

In the "Components" section, click the Fork icon next to the linked project's title.

A modal will appear, asking if you want to fork the project.

Click the Fork button.

The fork will be created.

Either click Keep working here to stay on the project or click Go to new fork to view the new fork.