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Hafiz Muhammad Tahir
Hafiz Muhammad Tahir

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Linking Git with GitHub and Android Studio: A Step-by-Step Guide

Integrating Git with GitHub and Android Studio can significantly streamline your development workflow, providing robust version control and easy collaboration. Whether you’re a solo developer or part of a team, this guide will walk you through the process of linking Git, GitHub, and Android Studio seamlessly.

Step 1: Setting Up Git

Before you can link Git with GitHub and Android Studio, you need to have Git installed on your system.

  1. Install Git:
  • Windows: Download and install Git from
  • macOS: Use Homebrew to install Git with brew install git.
  • Linux: Install Git using your package manager, e.g., sudo apt-get install git for Debian-based systems.
  1. Configure Git: Open a terminal and set your global username and email for Git:
git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global ""

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Step 2: Creating a GitHub Repository

  1. Sign Up for GitHub: If you don’t have an account, sign up at GitHub.
  2. Create a Repository:
  • Go to GitHub and click the “New” button to create a new repository.
  • Enter a repository name, description (optional), and choose visibility (public or private).
  • Initialize the repository with a README (optional) and choose a .gitignore template for Android.
  • Click "Create repository".

Step 3: Cloning the Repository in Android Studio

  1. Open Android Studio and select "Check out project from Version Control" from the Welcome screen. If a project is already open, go to File > New > Project from Version Control > Git.
  2. Enter Repository URL: In the URL field, paste the URL of the GitHub repository you created. This URL can be found on the GitHub repository page (typically looks like
  3. Clone: Click "Clone". Android Studio will clone the repository to your local machine and open it.

Step 4: Initializing a Local Repository (if not already done)

If your project is already in Android Studio and you want to link it to a new GitHub repository:

  1. Enable Version Control Integration:
  • Go to VCS > Enable Version Control Integration.
  • Select "Git" and click "OK".
  1. Create a Local Repository:
  • Open the Terminal in Android Studio and initialize a Git repository by running:
git init
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  • Add all existing project files to the repository:
git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit"

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  1. Add Remote Repository:
  • In the terminal, add the GitHub repository as a remote:
git remote add origin

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  • Push your local commits to GitHub:
git push -u origin master

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Step 5: Using Git Features in Android Studio

With Git linked to GitHub and Android Studio, you can now leverage version control features directly within the IDE.

  1. Commit Changes:
  • Make changes to your project files.
  • Go to VCS > Commit, or use the "Commit" button in the Version Control tool window.
  • Write a meaningful commit message and click "Commit" or "Commit and Push" to push changes directly to GitHub.
  1. Pull and Fetch:
  • To update your local repository with changes from GitHub, go to VCS > Git > Pull.
  • To fetch changes without merging them, go to VCS > Git > Fetch.
  1. Branching:
  • Create and manage branches via VCS > Git > Branches.
  • To create a new branch, select "New Branch", enter a branch name, and click "OK".
  • Switch between branches by selecting the desired branch from the "Branches" menu.
  1. Merge:
  • To merge a branch into your current branch, go to VCS > Git > Merge Changes.

Step 6: Collaborating with Pull Requests

To collaborate with others, use GitHub's pull request feature:

  1. Push your branch to GitHub:
git push origin your-branch-name

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  1. Create a Pull Request:
  • Go to your GitHub repository, click on "Pull Requests", and then "New Pull Request".
  • Select the branch you want to merge into the base branch (e.g., master).
  • Review the changes, add comments if necessary, and click "Create Pull Request".

By integrating Git with GitHub and Android Studio, you can enhance your development workflow, improve collaboration, and maintain a clear project history. Following these steps ensures that you can manage your code effectively, track changes, and collaborate seamlessly with your team. Happy coding!

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