Set up Git

At the heart of GitHub Enterprise Server is an open source version control system (VCS) called Git. Git is responsible for everything GitHub Enterprise Server-related that happens locally on your computer.

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To use Git on the command line, you'll need to download, install, and configure Git on your computer. You can also install GitHub CLI to use GitHub Enterprise Server from the command line. For more information on GitHub CLI, see the GitHub CLI documentation.

If you want to work with Git locally, but don't want to use the command line, you can instead download and install the GitHub Desktop client. For more information, see "Installing and configuring GitHub Desktop."

If you don't need to work with files locally, GitHub Enterprise Server lets you complete many Git-related actions directly in the browser, including:

Setting up Git

  1. Download and install the latest version of Git.
  2. Set your username in Git.
  3. Set your commit email address in Git.

Next steps: Authenticating with GitHub from Git

When you connect to a GitHub Enterprise Server repository from Git, you'll need to authenticate with GitHub Enterprise Server using either HTTPS or SSH.

If you clone with HTTPS, you can cache your GitHub credentials in Git using a credential helper.

Connecting over SSH

If you clone with SSH, you must generate SSH keys on each computer you use to push or pull from GitHub Enterprise Server.

Celebrate

Congratulations, you now have Git and GitHub Enterprise Server all set up! What do you want to do next?

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