If your company’s developers use Git, your work computer may have come to you preloaded with it. However, if you don’t already have Git, this version-control software is easy to install.

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If you got to this post because you’re planning on attending my presentation at STC’s 2015 Summit in Columbus, I look forward to seeing you there!

Download Git’s binary installer.

Go to http://www.git-scm.com/download/ and follow the instructions for your operating system. The most recent version of Git is always available at this address.

Open the installer file* to install Git.

After the installer finishes downloading, follow the instructions in the prompt. This process should only require a minute or two.

* The downloaded file’s location depends on where your browser saves downloaded files.

Git should now be available on the command line.**

To check this, run the ‘git’ command (type git and press Enter). If Git installed properly, you will see Git’s help output:

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** How you access the command line depends on your operating system.
Windows users: Click Start, search for “command,” and click on Command Prompt.
Mac users: Click Applications, open the Utilities folder, and click the Terminal application.

Once you have Git installed, you are ready to start adding repositories, making changes to projects, and using all of the great tools that Git has available.

If you’re coming to the STC Summit in Columbus in June, 2015, my session will cover some of the most important Git tasks for technical writers. If you’re not coming, or if you want to investigate Git on your own beforehand, the Git website has some great tutorials.


Git™ is a trademark of the Git Project, part of the Software Freedom Conservancy.
I am not affiliated with the Git Project in any way, other than thinking their software is pretty neat and useful.
For more information, visit the Git website.