Create a repository
You can store a variety of projects in GitHub repositories, including open source projects. With open source projects, you can share code to make better, more reliable software. You can use repositories to collaborate with others and track your work. For more information, see "About repositories." To learn more about open source projects, visit OpenSource.org.
- You can create public repositories for an open source project. When creating your public repository, make sure to include a license file that determines how you want your project to be shared with others. For more information on open source, specifically how to create and grow an open source project, we've created Open Source Guides that will help you foster a healthy open source community by recommending best practices for creating and maintaining repositories for your open source project.
- You can also take a free GitHub Skills course on maintaining open source communities.
- You can also add community health files to your repositories, to set guidelines on how to contribute, keep your repositories safe, and much more. For more information, see "Creating a default community health file."
- 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."
- 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. When prompted, select Create a new repository on GitHub from scratch and enter the name of your new project. If you want your project to belong to an organization instead of to your personal account, specify the organization name and project name with
- Follow the interactive prompts. To clone the repository locally, confirm yes when asked if you would like to clone the remote project directory.
- Alternatively, to skip the prompts supply the repository name and a visibility flag (
--internal). For example,
gh repo create project-name --public. To clone the repository locally, pass the
--cloneflag. For more information about possible arguments, see the GitHub CLI manual.
Commit your first change
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 will 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 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 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
You have now created a repository, including a README file, and created your first commit on GitHub.com.
- 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. Forking a repository will allow you to make changes to another repository without affecting the original. For more information, see "Fork a repo."
Each repository on 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 Community.