Lab 2: Create a Git Repository from Scratch

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a git repository from scratch.

Create a Hello World Program

Starting in the empty working directory, create an empty directory named “HelloWorld”, then create a file named hello.txt with some random content.

mkdir HelloWorld
cd HelloWorld
notepad.exe hello.txt

Add “Hello, World” to this text file and save the contents.

Create the Repository

You now have a directory with a single file. To create a git repository from that directory, run the git init command.

git init

Add the Text file to the Repository

Now you can add the hello.txt file to the repository.

git add hello.txt
git commit -m "First commit"

The screenshot shows the output of the commands that we have executed.

Now, you have a git repository with your single file commited to it.

All posts in this series:
Lab 1: Setup Git on your Machine
Lab 2: Create a Git Repository from Scratch
Lab 3: Check the Status of the Repository
Lab 4: Making Changes to files in the Working Directory
Lab 5: Staging Changes in Git
Lab 6: Git Staging and Commiting

Other related posts:
Git Delete a Local or Remote Branch
How to Clone a Git Repository into a Specific Folder?
Change the URI for a Remote Git Repository
How to Merge a Local Git Branch with Master
How to Setup Aliases and Shortcuts for Git Commands
How to create a .gitignore file in Windows

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