Getting Started On Git-Hub

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What is git?

Started in 2005 Git was designed by Linus Torvalds(the person that started linux) and is used as a distributed source code revision control system.

Git is free and licensed under the GNU GPL license, which means it is free and open source. You do not need to use GitHub to use git, you can also create your own git server.

What is Github?

GitHub(Pronounced Git-Hub) is a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system.

GitHub has a range of different accounts. If you want to just have open source projects then you can just use a free account but if you want to keep your source code private than you will need to pay for an account.

Git is available for all major operating systems including Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Create an account

To get started with GitHub you will need to first create an account. This is simple enough to do just go to and create your GitHub account.

Install Git

Now you have an account you will need install git. Git is able to be installed on all major operating systems. You can download and see the installation instructions on

Create a repository

Now that you have installed git on your local machine you can start creating your own repositories.

To create a repository you can just log into your account and go to

Then name the repository and create it.

Some good things about GitHub

  • You can get involved in other peoples/groups open source projects
  • You can showcase your skills and use it as a place to show prospective employers your work
  • Gain experience in programming
  • Read other peoples source code which is really good to learn how different people are programming and ways to improve your own code
  • You can give back to the community and share tools that you have developed and have other people improve and build on your work



Jake Gardner

Jake is an IT Consultant/Systems Engineer that works for a business that offers services to SMB clients. He runs his own business that delivers solutions geared towards online marketing and web design.

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  1. Joey Graziano June 18, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Great write up! I have personally used Git for my portfolio. Employer’s love when they can see your work.

  2. Andrei Telteu June 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Git is just awesome ! I’ve used it and i love it.

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