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 from the command line. For more information, see "About GitHub CLI."
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 lets you complete many Git-related actions directly in the browser, including:
Note: If you are using a Chrome OS device, additional set up is required:
- Install a terminal emulator such as Termux from the Google Play Store on your Chrome OS device.
- From the terminal emulator that you installed, install Git. For example, in Termux, enter
apt install gitand then type
When you connect to a GitHub repository from Git, you'll need to authenticate with GitHub using either HTTPS or SSH.
Note: You can authenticate to GitHub using GitHub CLI, for either HTTP or SSH. For more information, see
gh auth login.
Congratulations, you now have Git and GitHub all set up! You may now choose to create a repository where you can put your projects. This is a great way to back up your code and makes it easy to share the code around the world. For more information see "Create a repository".
You can create a copy of a repository by forking it and propose the changes that you want to see without affecting the upstream repository. For more information see "Fork a repository."
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 Support Community.