Getting Started w/ Github

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Revision Control

Creating a Github Repository


If you don't have a GitHub account that's where you'll need to start. You can get started setting up your account by going to and log-in using an email. Github has special benefits for students so if possible, use your school email. Once you've set up an account, in the terminal type the following commands:

git config --global "John Doe"
git config --global

These commands configure your command line to use your GitHub username and email from now and this should be the only time you have to type these commands.

Creating a Repository

One of the main benefits of Git and GitHub is the ability to synchronize files between different working environments (like your personal computer and a remote computer). Here, we'll set up a git repository and connect that repository to GitHub in order to synchronize files between a remote computer and your personal computer. Start by moving into the directory that you would like to use as your repository. Next, run the following command to create a git repository:

git init

Once you've initialized your repository, add files by using:

git add {file}

or if you want to add all of the files in a directory you can use the following command:

git add .

Once you've added the files that you work like to add to GitHub, you will need to commit those files. You can do this by running the command,

git commit -m "Your Commit Message"

The commit message