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Introduction to Version Control with Git

Come learn about Git! Git is a version control system widely used in software engineering, academia, and anywhere where projects need reliable and granular versioning – especially when the projects need to scale to thousands of contributors.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn the basics of working with Git repositories, how to sync your local repository to GitHub, and more!

The module content is derived and adapted from The Carpentries.


  • A account
  • An installation of Git (this will be covered in the Preparation page)

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of versioning and version control software
  • Understand the differences between Git and GitHub
  • Create a Git repository and commit changes
  • Push and pull changes between your local repository and your remote repository


This module will take around an hour, however feel free to work at your own pace!

Land Acknowledgement

McMaster University is situated in Ohròn:wakon which is the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the “Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant”, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and Anishinaabe nations to ensure those who live here take only what they need, leave enough in the dish for others, and keep the dish clean. This land is also covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty of 1792 and is very close to the 1784 Haldimand Treaty, which holds the land six miles to each side of the Grand River as a tract for Six Nations, which is currently not being honored.

Many of us at the Sherman Centre took the First Nations’ Information Governance Centre’s OCAP course this past year which stands for Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession. We encourage you to learn more about OCAP and Indigenous data management practices more broadly, including the OCAS principles endorsed by the Manitoba Métis Federation, the principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) National Inuit Strategy on Research, and Global Indigenous Data Alliance’s CARE principles.