How do I get a fork of one public repository deleted?

How do I get a fork of one of my public repositories deleted? I want to delete the repository on my account, but I want the fork of it deleted also. It is junk code that I want gone. I don’t know the person who forked it, and the account has no contact information.

While I may be wrong, from my knowledge, there is no way to do such a thing.

I would recommend that you reach out to the person who forked your repo and kindly ask them to delete it or make it private.

As I said in my original post “the account has no contact information”, so how am I to contact the person who forked the repository?

Also, if I take the repository private, will the fork die?

Forks of a repo that once public will stay online.

I suppose you could raise an issue on the fork and hope they notice.

Forks don’t usually have issues enabled.

@LadyAleena can we assume you mean the -old repo of yours?

It seems the owner of the one fork has 1600 repos, which seems fairly extreme. Looking at their public account history they haven’t been active in 2020. You could try to create an issue in your repo (the one you want to remove) and @ mention them, but who knows if/when they’ll ever see it (or acknowledge it even if they did see it).

Oh also it looks like even if you delete it and manage to get the other user to remove their fork, it’s been saved for all eternity :wink:

Arctic Code Vault Profile Screenshot (click the triangle/control to expand)


Okay, I’m going to go bang my head on something moderately hard for a little bit. Thank you for looking deeply into this.

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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