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Installing Git on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows

Installing Git on Linux

Determine on which Linux distribution your system is based on. See List of Linux distributions – Wikipedia for a list. Most Linux systems – including Ubuntu – are Debian-based.

Debian-based linux systems

Open a terminal window. Copy & paste the following into the terminal window and hit Return. You may be prompted to enter your password.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install git

You can use Git now.

Red Hat-based linux systems

Open a terminal. Copy & paste the following into the terminal window and hit Return. You may be prompted to enter your password.

sudo yum upgrade
sudo yum install git

You can use Git now.

Installing Git on a Mac

Open a terminal window.

Step 1 – Install Homebrew

Homebrew […] simplifies the installation of software on the Mac OS X operating system.

Homebrew – Wikipedia

Copy & paste the following into the terminal window and hit Return.

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
brew doctor

You will be offered to install the Command Line Developer Tools from Apple. Confirm by clicking Install. After the installation finished, continue installing Homebrew by hitting Return again.

Step 2 – Install Git

Copy & paste the following into the terminal window and hit Return.

brew install git

You can use Git now.

Installing Git on Windows

  1. Download Git from Git for Windows and install it.

Wrong link in 'intro.md' for "Instructions for Windows". I was going to create a pull request, but then remembered that doesn't exist in gist.

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