Understanding Git Part 119 Aug 2018
First you need to install Git to be able to use it. Since not everyone prefers to use the terminal, then you are able to install a Git Gui and a Git Bash from git-scm. After finishing the installation, if you are using windows operating system then you can right click and click Git Gui to open the graphical user interface.
In the below tutorial, I will give comparison between the Git Gui and Git Bash.
Initializing a Repository and Using it
First you need to navigate to the location where you want to create a new repository, then do the following:
cd Desktop/gitExample git init
This will create a new hidden file called
.git inside the folder
gitExample, thus making it a local repository with a branch called
Adding files to the repository
First create a file inside the folder
newfile.txt and write some text inside of it. Then you need to add this file to the staging area, to be able to commit it later on. You can also use
git status that will inform you in which branch you currently reside in and if you have any untracked files.
git add newfile.txt #tracks the file and adds it to the staging area git commit -m "initial commit" #adds tracked files to repo
If you did a mistake you can execute
git reset newfile.txt and it will remove the staged file from the local repository. If you want to add multiple files then do the following
git add <file-name-1> <file-name-2> <file-name-3> or if you want to add a file then do
git add 'fileName/'.
Here you need to click on Stage Changed which will add the files to the stage area and then write a message and click Commit.
Pushing files to the repository
After you commit the files, you are now ready to push them! You need to push the files to the server so your team members, or the community if you are pushing to GitHub, can access the code.
But, first you need to add the remote repository. Remote refers to any repository that is not in your local machine. Example, if you want to use Github you need to first create an account there and then create a repository to be able to push and pull. After adding a remote, you will be able to push the file to the repository.
git remote add origin https://github.com/<userName>/<repoName>.git git push -u origin master
origin is an alias to the URL of the remote repository, which means you do not have to write the url everytime you want to do a pull or push operation. Also
master is your local branch.
If you execute
git branch -a then you will get the following output:
remotes/origin/master is a remote tracking branch which is located inside
.git/refs. Its purpose is to keep track of the current state of a remote branch,
git status will also give you information about the remote tracking branch.
Here you need to click on Push and then add the remote url in the Arbitrary Location.
Pull the Changes
Now if any changes were added to the file in the remote repository, then you need to pull first and then push your local changes to the repository.
git pull does a
git fetch followed by a
git pull origin master
Here you need to first add the remote url after clicking Remote/Add, then click Fetch From and Merge. Also refer to this answer pull in git gui.
Cloning a Repository
If there is a repository in github, then you want to use locally in your computer then you need to clone it(copy).
git clone https://github.com/<userName>/<repositoryName>
Now if you execute
git branch -a, you will get the following output:
* master remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master remotes/origin/master
master is the current branch you are reside in and it is the local branch, the second line is a symbolic branch referenced by the remote repository. The third line is the remote tracking branch.
To clone a repository, simply click on Clone new repository, the Source location field should contain the remote url and the target directory should contain a folder.
I hope you enjoyed reading this git tutorial, please feel free to leave any comments or feedback on this post!