How to clone a GitHub repository

Jack Wallen shows how easy it is to clone a repository from GitHub.

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Git is the most widely used distributed version control system on the planet. It’s free and open source and can handle anything from small to large projects. Git makes it easy to create new project repositories on your local drive or clone from remote repositories.

One of the most popular remote repositories is GitHub. As of June 2022, GitHub reports The service has over 83 million developers, 4 million organizations, and 200 million repositories (both public and private). In other words, it’s huge.

If you’ve never used Git or GitHub before, it’s not as complicated as you might think. Also, if you’re using any kind of open source platform, it’s very likely that eventually he’ll have to clone the repository from GitHub. Luckily, this process is pretty easy to handle.

Let me show you how it’s done.

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We will demonstrate how this is done from both the git command line and the GitHub desktop client. You could use one or the other (or both), but in the end he highly recommends learning how to work with the Git command line interface. The Git command line interface is more versatile and can be used on servers without a GUI. A GitHub account is also required as some repositories cannot be cloned anonymously.

With that said, let’s get down to cloning.

How to clone a repository from the GUI

If you haven’t installed the official yet GitHub desktop client, do it now. After installing the client, you need to sign in to your GitHub account. This is done from a file. Options | Accounts (Figure A).

Figure A

[アカウント]The tab is where you can sign in to your GitHub account.

Let’s say you find a cool repository that you want to clone so you can collaborate on a project or just install it. Find the project on GitHub[コード]Click the dropdown to see the URL of the repository (Figure B).

Figure B

URL of the repository.

Copy the URL for that repository, then return to your GitHub desktop client.[ファイル]|[ファイル]Click. Clone the repository and in the resulting window (Figure C),[URL]Click the tab and enter the repository URL as[URL]Paste in the field.

Figure C

Add a repository URL for cloning with the GitHub desktop client.

[複製]Click to see the repository[ローカル パス]It will be replicated to the local directory shown in the field.

How to clone a repository from the command line

This method is even easier and assumes you have Git installed on your machine. Copy the repository URL, open a terminal window, and issue the following command:

git clone URL

URL is the URL of the repository to clone.

After the clone is complete, you should find a new directory named after your project.For example, if you are cloning docker-sync from GitHubthe directory will be named docker-sync .

That’s all there is to cloning a GitHub repository. Whether you use the GUI or the command line, you’re ready to go.

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