Introductory Git

Who: Titus Brown, lead instructor.

When: December 8th, 2016

Times: 9:15am-12:15pm PST

Where: 1043 Valley Hall, UC Davis campus.

Contact: Please contact Titus Brown with any questions.

This workshop will be recorded and the recording will be available for viewing through this Web page.


This workshop will introduce the basics of git, a widely used system for managing changes to files. Git and related systems are key for replicability when doing any kind of computational analysis.

This will be a gentle introduction to git that follows the Software Carpentry lesson.

Some experience with the command line is strongly suggested, but you don’t need to be an expert by any means; we will have friendly TAs, too!

We will also talk about GitHub, a site that enables collaboration around files in git.

Computer and workshop requirements

Attendees will need to bring a computer with an Internet connection.

Please install git before the workshop by following the instructions below.

Installation instructions


  1. Download the Git for Windows installer here.
  2. Follow install instructions.
    • Click “next”
    • Click “next”
    • Click “next”
    • Click “next”
    • Click “next”
    • Select “Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt” and click on “next”. If you forget to do this, re-run the installer and select the correct option.
    • Click “next”, keep “Checkout Windows-style, commit Unix-style line endings” selected.
    • Select “Use Windows’ default console window” and click on “next”
    • Click on “next”
    • Click on “finish”

Macintosh / OS X:

For versions 10.9 and higher:

Download and run the most recent “mavericks” installer from this list.

For versions 10.5-10.8:

Download and run the most recent “snow-leopards” installer from this list.

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