Installing Git
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    Installing Git

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    Installing Git

    Installing Git is easy. You may already have it on your system. To check, open a terminal and run `git --version`

    // Windows CMD
    C:\Users\Daniel>git --version
    git version
    // Windows Powershell
    PS C:\Users\Daniel> git --version
    git version
    // Git Bash
    $ git --version
    git version

    You can always follow the official installation documentation if you want to learn more, or to build from source.

    Installing git on Windows

    You can download git for windows from one of the following locations: and click on “Click here to download” and click on the download button for the latest stable release

    Almost all newer machines these days use the 64-bit version of Windows so you’re pretty safe if you attempt to install that one. If you’re not sure, or just curious, you can see which version of Windows you have.

    Run the installer. You should see something similar.

    It will take a minute or three.

    The current installer’s final screen

    We recommend selecting “Launch Git Bash” to see if the installation works correctly.

    Run git --version in a terminal like git-bash to verify the install.

    You can run git from cmd.exe, powershell, a third party terminal app, or using the provided git bash shell.

    "C:\Program Files\Git\git-bash.exe" --cd-to-home

    The installer also creates a shortcut in your start menu.

    You can also install git using the chocolatey package manager for Windows, keeping in mind that the package is maintained by the community.

    choco install git

    Installing git on MacOS

    There are several ways to install Git on a Mac. The easiest is probably to install the Xcode Command Line Tools. On Mavericks (10.9) or above you can do this simply by trying to run git from the Terminal the very first time.

    // If git isn't installed, the shell should prompt you to install it.
    $ git --version

    If you want a more up to date version, you can also install it via a binary installer. A macOS Git installer is maintained and available for download at the Git website.

    Installing git on Linux

    The easiest way to install git on Linux is using the package manager for your Linux distro.

    If you’re on Fedora (or any closely-related RPM-based distribution, such as RHEL or CentOS), you can use dnf:

    $ sudo dnf install git-all

    If you’re on a Debian-based distribution, such as Ubuntu, try apt:

    $ sudo apt install git-all

    For more options, there are instructions for installing on several different Unix distributions on the Git website, at

    Installing TortoiseGit

    Before installing TortoiseGit, make sure you have the command line git client installed (above).

    To install TortoiseGit navigate to the download page and select the installer that matches your Windows version. Almost all newer machines these days use the 64-bit version of Windows so you’re pretty safe if you attempt to install that one. Click on the link and download the installer:

    After the installer has been downloaded, open it up and install the software using all the default settings by clicking “Next” at each prompt until you complete the installation.

    For more information on how to install TortoiseGit see their Installation Help Document for more details.

    TortoiseGit Install Wizard

    Click Next to start the setup wizard.

    Read and accept the user license.

    Click Next to accept the default features.

    Click Install to continue.

    Wait while the program is installed.

    Wait while the program is installed.

    Click Finish to start the second half of the installation.

    Select your language and click Next.

    Click Next after some light reading.

    Enter the path to your git.exe if it isn’t already prefilled.

    You can click the “Check now” button to see if you have a valid version of git.

    In our example we have confirmed we are using git version Your mileage may vary.

    Enter your name and your email address used to sign into and then click Next.

    You can either use OpenSSH or TortoiseGitPlink for SSH. We recommend using OpenSSH, but we have instructions for both below.

    You can also use HTTPs authentication with the instructions below.

    Click Finish after selecting your SSH method.

    Testing TortoiseGit Install on a Public Repo

    You can verify that TortoiseGit is installed correctly by trying to clone a public repo. We’ve created a public HelloWorld repo for you to test.

    Copy the repo URL

    Copy the URL for the repo that you wish to clone. Every repo has a Copy URL button that copies the https address to the repo.

    For this example, you can use the Hello World Repo URL “”.

    Run the Git Clone command

    Open a file explorer to the location where you want to download your test repo.

    Right click and select “Git Clone…”.

    Git Clone Dialog

    Paste the URL into to the URL field.

    Click on the Directory field or browse button to ensure the folder is in the desired location. The directory doesn’t always update from the previous time you used the clone dialog, so always double check the directory.

    Click OK.

    You should see results similar to this:

    If you don’t have your user credentials set up correctly, you will see something like this:

    Your repo will now be cloned in the local filesystem.

    Setting up Https access in TortoiseGit

    Https access is the easiest to set up, but you will have to enter your password for each operation such as clone, commit, or push.

    Open a file explorer window. Right click and select TortoiseGit→Settings.

    Select Git

    Verify that your User Info name and email are correct.

    If you need to change them, click on the Global radio button, change the values and then click Apply. If not, you’re ready for the next step.

    Click on Git→Credential

    Type into the URL field.

    Change the Helper pulldown to wincred.

    Change the username to the email that you use to sign into

    Click on “Add New/Save”. You should see a new Helper “”.

    Click OK to close the dialog.

    Test https authentication

    Copy the https link to a private repo.

    If you don’t have any repos, you can follow this tutorial to create a new repo.

    Clone the private repo

    Open a file explorer to the location where you want to download your test repo.

    Right click and select “Git Clone…”.

    Paste your private repo into the URL, making sure it is an https link.

    Make sure the Directory is the location where you want the repo cloned.

    Click OK.

    You may be asked to enter your allspice credentials. Your dialog might look different depending on your Operating System.

    Your setup is correct if you get a success message and the files are downloaded.


    You have installed a git client and have basic read/write access to the repos via Https. Future tutorials will explain how to authenticate via SSH.

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