How to install Git on Windows

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Git is an essential tool if you are going to code. It allows you to conveniently manage different versions of code within a repository (repo). Git is also the most common way to access GitHub, one of the largest code repositories in the world. Here are some ways to install Git on Windows.

Download the Windows executable

The easiest way to get Git is to download the executable from the Git website.

Click “Git Setup for 64-bit Windows” to start the download, and then wait a moment – the download is only about 50 megabytes, so it shouldn’t take long.

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Double-click the executable you just downloaded, then click “Next” to go through the installation prompts. There are a lot of options during the installation process, don’t worry too much about most of them. The default options will be fine, but there are two that you should be aware of.

The first is the text editor that Git will use. The default selection is Vim. Vim is ubiquitous and a hallmark of command line interfaces everywhere, but learning how to use its idiosyncratic commands can be daunting. You should probably choose something else instead, like Visual Studio Code, Sublime, NotePad++, or any other plain text editor you like.

Simply click on the drop down menu and then select the new program from the list.

Advice: Try Visual Studio Code if you don’t know which one to choose.

The second is the way Git integrates into your PC’s PATH. Make sure “Git from the command line and also from third-party software” is selected.

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Be sure to select the option that adds Git to your system PATH.

Click on the remaining options and wait for everything to finish downloading. The time required to download everything will vary depending on what you choose to install. The default selection results in a download of approximately 270 megabytes.

Use Winget to download Git

You can also use Winget to download Git if you are a fan of command line interfaces.

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Open PowerShell or Windows Terminal with a PowerShell tab, and then paste or type:

winget install --id Git.Git -e --source winget

You’ll see some download bars appear in the Terminal window while Winget gets everything it needs.

Winget fetching files from GitHub.

A normal Windows installation window will appear as the final part of the installation process.

The final part of the installation process.

You’re good to go after that window closes. You will find that Git has been added to the PATH. Any program that requires it to be installed, such as Stable Diffusion, will now work properly.

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