GitHub and Git Class Prerequisites

Please do the following before class, so we can get started on the fun stuff right away. If you're taking a CLI-based class, like GitHub for Developers, you can skip step 5. If you're taking GitHub for Everyone, you can skip 2-4.

1) Establish a account

GitHub is designed to run on the current versions of all major browsers. Take a look at our supported browsers.

2) Install Git

We recommend using the latest version possible, for the sake of security and functionality.

3) Check your authentication set-up

Set up HTTPS or SSH authentication, so your local Git repos can talk to GitHub. Instructions are here. Please note: many corporate networks restrict SSH traffic, so we highly recommend checking your connection before class. Also, if you have two-factor authentication enabled and wish to use HTTPS, you will need to set up a personal access token, as explained here.

4) Make sure you can launch your text editor from the command line.

If you can't do so, please install the Atom Text Editor.

5) Install GitHub Desktop

Make sure to open the app and log in with your credentials.

6) (Optional) Install the Atom Text Editor

We recommend this step for those who do not already have a preferred text editor installed.