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This is a summary of the most important Git commands.


Makes a clone of the repository at the specified URL (never clone a repository into another repository!)

git clone <URL>

Adds changes to the specified file to the staging area to be committed

git add <file_name>

Commits staged changes and allows you to write a commit message

git commit -m <your_message>

Pushes local changes to the specified branch of the online repository

git push origin <branch_name>

Advanced use cases

Add all files that have been changed

To add all files that have been changed to the staging area (to eventually commit them), use

git add .

That way, you don’t have to mention files individually.

Ignore files

You can create a .gitignore file in the root directory of your repository to tell Git to stop paying attention to files you don’t care about.

For example, the following file will ignore any file within the my_passwords folder, as well as any csv-files (even if you call git add .)!


See also