You can store a variety of projects in GitHub Enterprise Server repositories, including innersource projects. With innersource, you can share code to make better, more reliable software. For more information on innersource, see GitHub's white paper "An introduction to innersource."
- In the upper-right corner of any page, use the drop-down menu, and select New repository.
- Type a short, memorable name for your repository. For example, "hello-world".
- Optionally, add a description of your repository. For example, "My first repository on GitHub Enterprise Server."
- Choose a repository visibility. For more information, see "About repositories."
- Select Initialize this repository with a README.
- Click Create repository.
Congratulations! You've successfully created your first repository, and initialized it with a README file.
To learn more about GitHub CLI, see "About GitHub CLI."
In the command line, navigate to the directory where you would like to create a local clone of your new project.
To create a repository for your project, use the
gh repo createsubcommand. Replace
project-namewith the desired name for your repository. If you want your project to belong to an organization instead of to your user account, specify the organization name and project name with
gh repo create project-name
Follow the interactive prompts. To clone the repository locally, confirm yes when asked if you would like to clone the remote project directory. Alternatively, you can specify arguments to skip these prompts. For more information about possible arguments, see the GitHub CLI manual.
A commit is like a snapshot of all the files in your project at a particular point in time.
When you created your new repository, you initialized it with a README file. README files are a great place to describe your project in more detail, or add some documentation such as how to install or use your project. The contents of your README file are automatically shown on the front page of your repository.
Let's commit a change to the README file.
- In your repository's list of files, click README.md.
- Above the file's content, click .
- On the Edit file tab, type some information about yourself.
- Above the new content, click Preview changes.
- Review the changes you made to the file. You'll see the new content in green.
- At the bottom of the page, type a short, meaningful commit message that describes the change you made to the file. You can attribute the commit to more than one author in the commit message. For more information, see "Creating a commit with multiple co-authors."
- Below the commit message fields, decide whether to add your commit to the current branch or to a new branch. If your current branch is the default branch, you should choose to create a new branch for your commit and then create a pull request. For more information, see "Creating a new pull request."
- Click Propose file change.
Now that you have created a project, you can start committing changes.
README files are a great place to describe your project in more detail, or add some documentation such as how to install or use your project. The contents of your README file are automatically shown on the front page of your repository. Follow these steps to add a README file.
In the command line, navigate to the root directory of your new project. (This directory was created when you ran the
gh repo createcommand.)
Create a README file with some information about the project.
echo "info about this project" >> README.md
git status. You will see that you have an untracked
$ git status Untracked files: (use "git add
..." to include in what will be committed) README.md nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)
Stage and commit the file.
git add README.md && git commit -m "Add README"
Push the changes to your branch.
git push --set-upstream origin HEAD
Congratulations! You have now created a repository, including a README file, and created your first commit on your GitHub Enterprise Server instance.
You can now clone a GitHub repository to create a local copy on your computer. From your local repository you can commit, and create a pull request to update the changes in the upstream repository. For more information, see "Cloning a repository" and "Set up Git."
You can find interesting projects and repositories on GitHub and make changes to them by creating a fork of the repository. For more information see, "Fork a repository."
Each repository in GitHub is owned by a person or an organization. You can interact with the people, repositories, and organizations by connecting and following them on GitHub. For more information see "Be social."
GitHub has a great support community where you can ask for help and talk to people from around the world. Join the conversation on Github Support Community.