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Adding a file to a repository

You can upload and commit an existing file to a repository on GitHub Enterprise Server or by using the command line.

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Adding a file to a repository on GitHub Enterprise Server

Files that you add to a repository via a browser are limited to 25 MiB per file. You can add larger files, up to 100 MiB each, via the command line. For more information, see "Adding a file to a repository using the command line." To add files larger than 100 MiB, you must use Git Large File Storage. For more information, see "About large files on GitHub."

Tips:

  • You can upload multiple files to GitHub Enterprise Server at the same time.
  • If a repository has any protected branches, you can't edit or upload files in the protected branch using GitHub. For more information, see "About protected branches."

You can use GitHub Desktop to move your changes to a new branch and commit them. For more information, see "Committing and reviewing changes to your project in GitHub Desktop."

  1. On your GitHub Enterprise Server instance, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Above the list of files, select the Add file dropdown menu and click Upload files. Alternatively, you can drag and drop files into your browser.

    Screenshot of the main page of the repository. Above the list of a files, a button, labeled "Add file," is outlined in dark orange.

  3. To select the files you want to upload, drag and drop the file or folder, or click choose your files.

  4. In the "Commit message" field, 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 authors."

  5. 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 pull request."

    Screenshot of a GitHub pull request showing a radio button to commit directly to the main branch or to create a new branch. New branch is selected.

  6. Click Propose changes.

Adding a file to a repository using the command line

You can upload an existing file to a repository on your GitHub Enterprise Server instance using the command line.

This procedure assumes you've already:

Warning: Never git add, commit, or push sensitive information, for example passwords or API keys, to a remote repository. If you've already added this information, see "Removing sensitive data from a repository."

  1. On your computer, move the file you'd like to upload to GitHub Enterprise Server into the local directory that was created when you cloned the repository.

  2. Open TerminalTerminalGit Bash.

  3. Change the current working directory to your local repository.

  4. Stage the file for commit to your local repository.

    $ git add .
    # Adds the file to your local repository and stages it for commit. To unstage a file, use 'git reset HEAD YOUR-FILE'.
    
  5. Commit the file that you've staged in your local repository.

    $ git commit -m "Add existing file"
    # Commits the tracked changes and prepares them to be pushed to a remote repository. To remove this commit and modify the file, use 'git reset --soft HEAD~1' and commit and add the file again.
    
  6. Push the changes in your local repository to your GitHub Enterprise Server instance.

    $ git push origin YOUR_BRANCH
    # Pushes the changes in your local repository up to the remote repository you specified as the origin