2 Minutes to Set Up Git, GitHub and GitHub Desktop on Mac
How to install Git with GitHub Desktop on macOS
In this article, I share short but clear instructions on how to get started with Git and GitHub behind the friendly user interface of GitHub Desktop, or via the command line.
5 steps for setting up Git and GitHub
1. Create a GitHub account
Sign up for GitHub at github.com. It is very easy!
2. Choose whether you want to use the graphical and user-friendly GitHub Desktop or the Command Line / Terminal
- Command line / Terminal is great for developers who are already at ease with the command line, or for those who will need to learn Command Line anyway.
- GitHub Desktop is great is you want to get started quickly and easily. You can shift to the command line later if you want. Avoid if you are regularly working in a command-line environment, like Linux servers etc.
3a Install the necessary tools [for GitHub Desktop approach]
On the following link, download and install GitHub Desktop: https://desktop.github.com/
Simply download and run it and it will explain what to do itself!
3b Install the necessary tools [for Command Line / Terminal approach]
Unlike on Windows, macOS has git preinstalled. So no steps needed for the command line approach.
4a Getting the program going [GitHub Desktop approach]
Open GitHub Desktop via the Spotight (or any way you like).