#02 | Getting Started With Git

#02 | Getting Started With Git

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·Aug 28, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Installing Git
  • Getting Started with Git

Previously on the #01 | Introduction To Git you learned basic Git knowledge (“What is Git?”, "Why use a Version Control System(VCS)?", "What is the basic workflow of Git?", ...).

Installing Git

Before you use Git, the first thing first you need to do is get Git running successfully on your device.

On Windows

Considering that everyone's preferred package management tools are different, here I mainly introduce Git download from Official Git Downloads - Windows.

Proceed as follows:

  • Click the Official Git Downloads - Windows to enter the download page.

  • On the page, select the version that matches your device to download a installer.

  • Run the installer, and follow the guide to install.

  • git --version to check if git is installed successfully.

On MacOS

Considering that everyone's preferred package management tools are different, here I mainly introduce Git download from Official Git Downloads - MacOS.

Proceed as follows:

On Linux/Unix

Considering that everyone's preferred Linux/Unix distribution are different, here I mainly introduce download and install Git on Debian/Ubuntu distribution.

Proceed as follows:

  • sudo apt-get install git to download and install Git.

  • git --version to check if Git is installed successfully.

Getting Started with Git

Above you finished the downloading and installation of Git. Now, you need to do some initial setup for Git so that Git can live up to your expectation.


The first thing you need to do is set up your user name and email address which as your identity information you use for every Git commit:

$ git config --global "John Doe"
$ git config --global`

Note: you need to do this only once if you pass the --global option, because then Git will always use that information for anything you do on that system. If you want to override this with a different user name or email address for specific projects, you can run the command without the --global option when you are in that project. Many of the GUI tools will help you do this when you first run them.

Checking Setting

You can use the git config --list command to list all the settings:

$ git config --list Doe

Getting Help

There are three ways to get the comprehensive manual page (manpage) help for any of the Git commands:

$ git help <verb>
$ git <verb> --help
$ man git-<verb>

If you just need a quick help for a Git command, you can pass -h option.

For example, you can get the quick help for the git add command by running this:

$ git add -h
usage: git add [<options>] [--] <pathspec>...

    -n, --dry-run               dry run
    -v, --verbose               be verbose

    -i, --interactive           interactive picking
    -p, --patch                 select hunks interactively
    -e, --edit                  edit current diff and apply
    -f, --force                 allow adding otherwise ignored files
    -u, --update                update tracked files
    --renormalize               renormalize EOL of tracked files (implies -u)
    -N, --intent-to-add         record only the fact that the path will be added later
    -A, --all                   add changes from all tracked and untracked files
    --ignore-removal            ignore paths removed in the working tree (same as --no-all)
    --refresh                   don't add, only refresh the index
    --ignore-errors             just skip files which cannot be added because of errors
    --ignore-missing            check if - even missing - files are ignored in dry run
    --chmod (+|-)x              override the executable bit of the listed files
    --pathspec-from-file <file> read pathspec from file
    --pathspec-file-nul         with --pathspec-from-file, pathspec elements are separated with NUL character
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