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Short and Sweet: Get Started with Git and GitHub Right Now

Save time, avoid pitfalls, and get started on the right track. Push your first software changes to GitHub in 30 minutes!
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24,195 students enrolled
Created by Stephanie Losi
Last updated 8/2015
  • 30 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Know how to set up a GitHub account and install Git
Learn how to configure Git and .gitignore to avoid problems later
Learn how to commit your first change to a software program
Push your changes to your online GitHub repository
Full support from the instructor to get you started
Note: The course demonstrates Git installation on a Mac, but resources are provided for Windows users, and if you run into snags, I'll do my best to help you
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  • A simple program that you can upload to GitHub - this can be as simple as a "Hello, world" program!

Are you a software developer who wants to get started right now with Git and GitHub? If you've heard of Git and GitHub but aren't sure how to begin, this course takes away the guesswork.

Save time and get up and running with Git and GitHub - fast and free!

Using Git on the command line can seem difficult at first because the commands are exacting, and they can trip you up if you get out of sync.

But Git and GitHub are a mainstay of modern software version control. They provide a backup mechanism, a record of your project's history, a collaboration mechanism, and a base for a public portfolio that could get you a job.

In just 30 minutes, this "Short and Sweet" course covers the essential ideas you need to move forward, without a lot of filler. At the end of the course, you'll be able to set up a GitHub account, install Git, create and configure new Git and GitHub repositories, create a change history for your software projects, and publish your software projects to GitHub.

That's a great trade for 30 minutes of your time!

Please note: This course does not cover intermediate and advanced topics. It's a free introduction for beginners, not a deep-dive into collaboration, branching and merging. If you're interested in those topics, please take an intermediate or advanced course.

But if you're just starting out and you're looking for a step-by-step introduction that helps you sidestep common pitfalls, this course IS for you and I hope you'll enroll.

My goal is to make this course the easiest-ever introduction to Git and GitHub. Please let me know if anything in the course could be clearer, and I'll be happy to help you. It also will help me improve the course.

If you're ready to learn more and sign up for the course, go ahead and hit that Enroll button - the course is free, so there's no risk to you!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has written a simple software program and wants to learn to use Git and GitHub
  • Anyone who wants to start publishing their software in a GitHub portfolio
  • If you already use Git and GitHub, this course is not for you - seek out an intermediate or advanced course instead, please!
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 10 Lectures Collapse All 10 Lectures 34:50
Introduction and Setup
4 Lectures 13:57

This lecture introduces the course and how to study it.


This lecture walks you through setting up a GitHub account, editing your profile, and creating your first GitHub repository: a place where you store code online.

Setting up Your GitHub Account

This lecture shows you how to install Git on a Mac and provides resources for installing Git on Windows and Linux.

Installing Git - Updated!

If you're using Windows and you installed either Git for Windows or GitHub for Windows, you may have a question about what comes next: Where the heck is the command prompt to enter Git commands? This downloadable PDF answers that question, whether you're using Git for Windows or GitHub for Windows.

Git Installation for Windows - Supplemental Lecture
2 pages
Using Git and GitHub
5 Lectures 16:16

This lecture walks you through creating a README file, which describes your project, and configuring a .gitignore file, which helps you avoid uploading unwanted files to GitHub.

Configuring Your First Git Repository

This lecture shows you how to add files to your local Git repository and then make your first commit, establishing your project's official history.

Making Your First Git Commit

This lecture helps you link your local Git repository to your online GitHub repository and then "push" your first commit to GitHub.

Pushing Your First Commit to GitHub

This lecture shows another example of the GitHub workflow for committing changes to software projects.

Practicing the Git and GitHub Workflow

This takeaway puts the action steps we discussed in this course at your fingertips.

Git and GitHub Workflow Step-by-Step
2 pages
Next Steps
1 Lecture 00:32

This lecture gives you next steps to continue learning about Git and GitHub.

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About the Instructor
4.3 Average rating
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30,601 Students
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Tech Consultant and Trainer at 219 Labs, Inc.

Stephanie is a software developer, IT risk management expert and former journalist who loves learning. After several false starts, she taught herself to program in 2012 and wants to teach programming the way she wishes it had been explained to her. In addition to delivering online training courses through 219 Labs, her projects include developing a software tool that allows you to program in plain English. She has a master's degree in information security policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and attended Recurse Center (formerly Hacker School) in 2014. Her interests include organic food, art, travel and doing good work.

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