Git and GitHub: Revision Control¶
Git Tutorials Playlist¶
Below are my lectures on git. It is a playlist of videos. Watch them all.
Set you name and email. Make sure the email you use is also listed in your github account.
git config --global user.name "Your Full Name"
git config --global user.email "email@example.com"
If your email in git does not match one of the emails associated with your github account, then when you push and look at the log in github your commit will not have an avatar and your name will be be clickable. If you see that blank next to your commit it means you did it wrong. Setup your git email as above. Make sure the same email address is one of the ones in your github profile. Then do another commit and push it. Make sure you now get an avatar and you can click on your username.
If you are learning git+GitHub for the first time, I recommend everyone only use the master branch. Just make sure you frequently commit+pull+push your changes. Some teams do this for the entire first semester (490) as they get comfortable with git.
I highly recommend you use git and maybe even parts of GitHub from inside your favorite IDE. It is much easier this way. They all support git and many also help you implement the GitFlow workflow. Below are the official documentation for some of the most popular IDEs.
- Git in VS Code, GitHub in VS Code
- Git in IntelliJ, GitHub in IntelliJ. These are what you want if you are using Android Studio.
- All the Jetbrains' IDEs
- Git in XCode
The git commands you need are the following. Let's say we are adding a logout button to our app.
To create a branch named
git branch logout_button
To checkout that branch
git checkout logout_button
To keep updated on the shared code, do this often
git checkout master
To merge the
logout_button branch into master, without doing a
Pull Request at GitHub, we do:
git checkout master
git pull #this should be a fast-forward merge
git merge logout_button
To share the
logout_button branch with others, so they can see what I am doing now
git checkout logout_button
To pull in my teammate's branch from github to my laptop, the first time I do
git checkout --track origin/his-branch-name
I now have a branch called his-branch-name in my laptop which tracks the same named branch at github. Later on, if he adds more changes to his branch, pushes them, and I want to download them, I just:
git checkout his-branch-name
To delete my local
logout_button branch do:
git branch -d logout_button
To delete my tracking branch
git branch -d -r origin/logout_button
To delete my
logout_button branch at github do (this can also be done at
github.com with just a click)
git push origin --delete logout_button
More advanced git tips¶
If you are in the middle of something, don't want to commit, but want to
pull in the master branch just stash your code and pop it later. Assume
that we are in the
logout_button branch, then:
git stash #stash away everything, even my un-committed changes
git co master
git pull #do what you need to do, then when you are done
git stash pop #bring back my un-committed changes.
You have changed some files but decided all those changes are wrong. You just want everything to go back to where you where on your most recent commit. Simply
git reset --hard</pre>
However, if you also added files to your directory that you did not commit, the above will not delete those files. To delete all files in your git directory that are not in your git repo you use
git clean -fd
You did one or more commits that you regret, you want to get rid of them and just go back to a previous time. First find the commit you want to go back to using
to go back to commit 5da03e94 just
git reset --hard 5da03e94
Your current branch and HEAD will now be at 5da03e94. It will be like the other two commits never happened.
Cloning the github wiki¶
To clone the github wiki git repo (that is, your wiki) locally you just
.wiki in the repo name. For example, if the repo is called
and you use:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:SCCapstone/demo.git
to clone it, then you can clone its wiki using
git clone email@example.com:SCCapstone/demo.wiki.git
To add images, just add them in a new directory and then push. see this stackoverflow question for details.
- The GitHub Guides have lots of video and text tutorials.
- GitHub Skills has interactive lessons for learning git and GitHub.
- Udacity has a free online class on How to Use Git and GitHub.
- Read the Pro Git book. If you read it now, you will save yourself years of misery and depression. Also, you will be able to 'commit' without fear and, thus, pass this class.
- Learn Git Branching is an interactive site that teaches you how branching and merging work.