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Click Download, and it automatically downloads the software package on your system. Find the package and double-click to open the Git installer. Follow the installation wizard and configure Git to suit your development needs. For Windows: Download the Git installer. To open a command window, go to Git Bash.vbs from the Git folder of the Programs directory. For Mac: Download the Git installer. To open a command window, search for the Terminal. For Linux: Enter sudo apt-get install git at the command line. To verify installation was successful, enter which git. After you have successfully installed Git on Mac, you’ll need to provide secure communication with your Git repositories by creating and installing SSH keys. Creating SSH keys on Mac To communicate with the remote Git repository in your Beanstalk account from your Mac, you will need to generate an SSH key pair for that computer.

Cloning a GitHub repository creates a local copy of the remote repo. This allows you to make all of your edits locally rather than directly in the source files of the origin repo. Here’s how to clone a GitHub repository. The first thing you’ll need to do is download and install Git on your computer. The installation process is. Set up a Git repository. When you clone an existing Git repository, or put an existing project under Git version control, IntelliJ IDEA automatically detects if Git is installed on your computer. If the IDE can't locate a Git executable, it suggests downloading it.

The 'clone' command downloads an existing Git repository to your local computer.

You will then have a full-blown, local version of that Git repo and can start working on the project.

Typically, the 'original' repository is located on a remote server, often from a service like GitHub, Bitbucket, or GitLab). That remote repository's URL is then later referred to as the 'origin'.

Important Options


Specifies the URL of the remote repository. Usually, this will point to a remote server, using a protocol like HTTP, HTTPS, SSH, or GIT.


The name of the folder on your local machine where the repository will be downloaded into. If this option is not specified, Git will simply create a new folder named after the remote repository.


Clones and initializes all contained submodules. If your project contains submodules, using this parameter will make sure that all submodules will both be cloned and initialized once the main project has been cloned. This saves you from having to manually initialize and update the submodules later.

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Usage Examples

In its simplest (and most common) form, only the repository URL is specified:

This will download the project to a folder named after the Git repository ('git-crash-course' in this case). If you want a different folder name, simply specify it as the last parameter:

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In case you are using the Tower Git client, cloning a project becomes easy as pie. You can connect your GitHub / GitLab / Bitbucket / or other remote accounts with Tower - and from then on simply clone with a single click!

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