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Digital Research Methods Workshop Series: Introduction to Git

Workshop Prep


  • Create an account at
  • Download Atom from

Windows Users

  1. Install Git Bash:
    • Download Git for Windows
    • Run the .exe file that downloads
    • Click Next
    • Click Next
    • Leave "Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt" selected and click Next
    • Click Next
    • Click Next
    • Leave "Checkout Windows-style, commit Unix-style line endings" selected and click Next
    • Select "Use Windows' default console window" and click Next
    • Click Next
    • Click Install
    • Click Finish
  2. If your "HOME" environment variable is not set (or you don't know what this is):
    • Open Start Menu and type cmd - This opens the command prompt
    • Type this line exactly as shown: setx HOME "%USERPROFILE%"

    • Press Enter and you should see: SUCCESS: Specified value was saved.

    • Type exit and press Enter to quit the command prompt

Mac and Linux Users

  1. For OS X 10.9 and higher, install Git for Mac by downloading and running the most recent "mavericks" installer from this list (click the large green button "Download Latest Version").
  2. For older versions of OS X (10.5-10.8) use the most recent available installer labelled "snow-leopard" available here (you will have to scroll down the list until you see a link labelled git-X.X.X-intel-universal-snow-leopard.dmg").
  3. Note! After installing Git, there will not be anything in your /Applications folder, as Git is a command line program. 

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