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How To Install Git on Ubuntu 18.04 [Quickstart]

Tutorials Git Open Source Quickstart Ubuntu 18.04

Introduction #

Version control systems help you share and collaborate on software development projects. Git is one of the most popular version control systems currently available.
This tutorial will walk you through installing and configuring Git on an Ubuntu 18.04 server. For a more detailed version of this tutorial, with better explanations of each step, please refer to How To Install Git on Ubuntu 18.04.

Step 1 — Update Default Packages>

Step 1 — Update Default Packages #

Logged into your Ubuntu 18.04 server as a sudo non-root user, first update your default packages.

sudo apt update

Step 2 — Install Git>

Step 2 — Install Git #

sudo apt install git

Step 3 — Confirm Successful Installation>

Step 3 — Confirm Successful Installation #

You can confirm that you have installed Git correctly by running this command and receiving output similar to the following:

git --version

git version 2.17.1
Step 4 — Set Up Git>

Step 4 — Set Up Git #

Now that you have Git installed and to prevent warnings, you should configure it with your information.

git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global ""

If you need to edit this file, you can use a text editor such as nano:

nano ~/.gitconfig

~/.gitconfig contents

  name = Your Name
  email =

Related Tutorials #

Here are links to more detailed tutorials that are related to this guide:

How To Install Git on 18.04
How To Use Git Effectively
How To Use Git Branches
An Introduction to Open Source