Installing Git and Cloning a Repository to Windows (3-steps)
This blog post was written by Nick McBurney and published 7th October 2016
This is a quick 3-step guide explaining how to install the Git SCM to Windows and then clone a GitHub repository to your local folder.
Step 1: Download Git
Download Git for windows from: git-for-windows.github.io and run through the installer.
Check Git was installed
Open Command Prompt and check git installed by typing:
You should see a console message saying something like:
git version 2.10.2.windows.1
Step 2: Setup working directory
Once you have git installed
Using Command Prompt navigate directory to folder you want clone git repository to:
Step 3: Clone your repository
Clone your repository:
git clone https://github.com/YourUserName/YourRepository.git
Get around firewall settings
If you’re working from behind a firewall you may need to update the Git proxy config.
Get proxy information
To find out the proxy settings on Windows go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings > Proxy Server shows Address and Port.
Update Git proxy config settings
Update git config to include your proxy settings:
git config –global http.proxy http://YourUsername:YourPassword@Your.Proxy.Address:PortNumber
Try cloning your repository again.
Your ready to edit
Navigate to your directory and you should have a new folder with your repository inside.