The Ultimate Git & GitHub Cheatsheet

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

Git is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance.


GIT is a distributed version control system (DVCS) or source code management system. It is an Open source.

Version Control System is a software that helps to developer to maintain their work. It handles all things like merging different files and maintaining different versions.

Cheat Sheet

Using Git Bash or the Terminal navigate to the actual project folder. If you are using Git Bash you can right-click the project folder and select “Git Bash Here” and it will start you in that working directory.

git init
This will create a .git repository in your project. A repository or “repo” is a collection of all the changes you’ve made to your project over time and will build a history of these changes. This is the first thing you want to do with a new project.

git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global ""
This sets up your information that is used every time you commit. This only needs to be done once when you first install Git.

git add filename.extension
Replace “filename.extension” to whatever file you are trying to add like “index.html”. This will add the file you specify to what is called a “staging area” or index. Think of the staging area like a section where things are getting set up to be moved to your repository.

git add .
If you want to add everything from the project folder to the staging area this command will do that instead of having to add each file one by one.

git add *.html
If you want to add all .html files to your staging area this would be the command to use. The extension can be changed to whatever you want.

git status
Shows what has already been added to the staging area and what files have been changed that need to be added to the staging area.

git reset filename.extension
Removes specified file from the staging area.

git rm --cached filename.extension
This will remove the file from the staging area and sets it to be untracked.

git commit -m "Description of the commit"
Takes the files from your staging area and commits them to your local repository. In quotes will be a brief description of what was changed with each commit. Try to describe the commit in brief detail such as “fixed bug where user name wasn’t updating” rather than a commit message like “some changes.”

touch .gitignore
This will create a file called .gitignore. You can open that file with a text editor and write the name of files or folders you want to be ignored from your repository. Ignored files won’t show up when you run git status to prevent you from committing files you’ve previously said you don’t want to commit or even know about their changes.

git branch branchName
Creates what is called a branch. A branch is a direct copy of your codebase from previous branch you were on (often the master branch).

git checkout “branchName”
Will allow you to checkout the branch you created and work within that branch. You can make any changes to your code that you want here. When it’s ready, you can commit your code and push the branch to GitHub (see below) or you can delete the branch if something goes wrong or you decide you don’t need that feature or bug fix any longer.

git merge branchName
While inside Master you can use this command to take the commits from the branch you were working in and merge them together with the main repository.

git remote add origin
This adds the location of your remote repository. Everything up until now has been on your local repository on your computer. You will need to go to your GitHub account and create a new remote repository where you will be able to push your local repository. After you created your remote repository you will be provided with a link and that link is the location you will want to use in the above command.

git remote
List of your remote repositories that have been associated with your project.

git push -u origin master
This will push your local repository to your remote repository. This command only needs to be written like this when you do it for the first time.

git push
This is what you will use to push your code to GitHub after your initial push.

git clone
If you don’t have your project on the computer you’re working with this will allow you to clone (or download) the entire project into the directory you are working.

git pull
If you are working on the same codebase with other people, this command will allow you to pull the latest version from the remote repository and update your local version so you can work with the latest updates as their changes enter the codebase.

How GIT works:

In below image you can see in right hand side working copy which is actual copy of code/files/folder. Once it is ready we need to add these stuff into staging area (staging area is a draft space where we store our different version of files that we want to save for out next commit).

Once we added files into staging area, we will commit all changes into local repository from staging area. (Local repository is on our local computer). If everything is done till commit, now we can push our code to remote repository.

Installing Git

Download the installer for Windows from the Git official site.


Even though Git originated on Linux (did you know that it was created by Linus Torvalds, the same guy who created Linux?), developers on all system can benefit from it. Git is an excellent SCM (source code management) system, widely adopted, and the open-source community on GitHub is vibrant! You can find code for pretty much anything you want, contribute with other developers and share your own solutions.


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