Git User Guide

Git is a commonly used version control tool. It is also a repository for source code and other project files. This page provides a basic overview of using Git from the command line as well as other useful info.


The Git config tool can be opened by typing git config at the command line. To view the config use git config --list. The following are some useful commands.

git config --global "My Name"
git config --global

To set up the default text editor (for example Notepad++ using Windows)

git config --global core.editor "'C:/Program Files/Notepad++/notepad++.exe' -multiInst -nosession"

Create New Repository

git init To initialise a repository and create the .git directory.

git add * To track files. A .gitignore file should also be used so that only desired files are tracked

git commit -m "first commit" To commit changes on tracked files

git remote add origin Add remote

To remove remote: git remote rm origin

git push -u origin master Push code to remote

Update Remote to Match Local

git commit -am "Updated Files"

The -a flag tells git to update all tracked files, the m flag tells git to add a commit message

git push origin master

-f flag can be added to force update, only use if you wish to overwrite remote files!

If you wish to perform multiple commits and push them together, the rebase command can be used:

git rebase --interactive HEAD~2 would combine the previous 2 commits

Update Local to Match Remote

A git pull command will fetch data from the remote location (eg.Github) and merge it with the local files. It’s a good idea to do a pull request before working on some files, to make sure your base files match remote. This is especially important if working from multiple PCs.

git pull <remote>

Restore Local files

The git checkout command can be used to restore local files to match the Master branch. This is useful if a local file is unintentionally deleted or modified and you do not wish to commit these changes. For this command to work the changes must not be staged/committed. You can use git status to check if the changes are staged.

git checkout -- <file(s)>

Clone a Repository

To clone an existing repository from Github use the clone command:

git clone