Git - the fast version control system

Git is...

Git is a free & open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

Every Git clone is a full-fledged repository with complete history and full revision tracking capabilities, not dependent on network access or a central server. Branching and merging are fast and easy to do.

Git is used for version control of files, much like tools such as Mercurial, Bazaar, Subversion, CVS, Perforce, and Team Foundation Server.

Download Git

The latest stable Git release is
release notes (2011-06-26)

Git Quick Start

Cloning and Creating a Patch

$ git clone git://
$ cd hello-world
$ (edit files)
$ git add (files)
$ git commit -m 'Explain what I changed'
$ git format-patch origin/master

Creating and Commiting

$ cd (project-directory)
$ git init
$ (add some files)
$ git add .
$ git commit -m 'Initial commit'

Got a Question?


If you are curious about something, feel free to ask on the IRC channel dedicated to Git - #git on freenode.


If you have a question that you think might be common, you can quickly check the Git FAQ page.


You can also ask the Git community directly at our mailing list.

To learn more about how to use Git, move along to the Documentation

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