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How to add an existing project to GitHub – using the command line

⚛️🦊 Atomic Fox ⚛️
I’m Mónica, a Front end developer graduated in marine biology. We are always on time to reinvent ourselves.
Updated on ・2 min read

You finally finished a project and you want to share it with the world? Then this step by step is for you!!
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1. First you have to create a new repository on Github

You don’t need to add files already. You can do it after

Create New Repo Github

⚠️ You cannot create a repo on github using git bash. Git and Github are different things. Github is a platform that let’s you host and collaborate on code while git is the version control tool used.

2. Open Git Bash

(You can also use your command prompt)

3. Change the current working directory to your local project

 

4. Initialize the local directory as a Git repository

$ git init
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For example, in my case my local project is at the test folder, so I used the cd command to open that folder and then the git init command.

steps git init

This creates a new .git folder in your test folder like so:

git folder

ℹ If you have created a project using Vue CLI for example, it already comes with a .git folder

5. Add the files in your new local repository. This stages them for the first commit

$ git add .
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git add, adds/stages the files in the local repository and stages them for commit. To unstage a file, use ‘git reset HEAD YOUR-FILE’.

6. Commit the files that you’ve staged in your local repository

$ git commit -m First commit
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This commits the tracked changes and prepares them to be pushed to a remote repository. To remove this commit and modify the file, use ‘git reset –soft HEAD~1’ and commit and add the file again.

7. At the top of your GitHub repository’s Quick Setup page, click to copy the remote repository URL

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8. Add the URL for the remote repository where your local repository will be pushed

$ git remote add origin <your remote repository URL>
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This sets the new remote

If you want to verify if the new remote was set use:

$ git remote -v
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9. Push the changes in your local repository to GitHub

$ git push origin master
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This pushes the changes in your local repository up to the remote repository you specified as the origin

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Et voilà! You have now your local project in Github! 😊

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