November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Git for Dummies - Installing Git on Windows

Source Control

Here is the first entry in my series of Git for Dummies. Git is not new, its been around for a while, so there are command line, gui, and web tools... to show how to get started, I'm going to show you how to use Git from the command line (yes, even on windows), and then later, we can look at some of the good GUI tools, and all the power they can provide.

First things first… go to and download the version for your OS, in this case, its windows.

At the time of writing, the version was 1.8.4, available at the following link.

I hope you can handle clicking on the link, downloading the file, and then running it. 
If you do that right, you should see the following screen.

Click Next (Yes - Remember, this is for Dummies)


Read or Ignore the license, and click Next


If you feel the need to customize your installation Path, do that here, and click Next


If you want to customize the package, you can do so here, but the basic options should work for you. 
If you want to customize this, you're probably beyond the scope of this entry already, congratulations.


Start Menu Folder - I don't think I've changed one of these since Windows Windows 98... but if you feel inclined to do so... go for it.


Ok, finally, we're at a screen where you might want to think a little harder. 
For the basics of Git, you can probably do everything from Git Bash, but it would be nice to have Git available from Cmd as well, and if you really don't like the Windows Command Line, you can select the last option.
Warning, the red writing tells you this will override built in Windows tools, like Find.exe and Sort.exe, so do so at your own risk. 


Line Endings, this can really get tricky if you are going back and forward from Windows to *nix, so I recommend the default setting here, so Git will convert the Line Endings to match your environment, and hopefully save yourself a few headaches.


You made it this far, congratulations, you're almost there. 


Git is installed, we're practically there... no one reads the release notes, especially in a Dummies guide.


Find the Git Folder in your Start Menu, and select Git Bash (Git's Command Line Tool)


You should see a command prompt like this. 
Awesome, we have Git Installed, and we have access to the Git Bash.
You're ready for your first Repo... which we'll do in an upcoming entry... check back soon.

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