How to Update Git

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Git is a tool that helps developers keep track of changes they make to their projects’ source code over time. It creates a history of the changes and who made them, so developers can work together without messing up each other’s work.

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With Git, developers can work on their own copies of the project and then merge their changes back into a main version when they’re done. Git also helps resolve conflicts between different changes made by different developers, and allows developers to roll back changes to previous versions of the project’s source code.


Before upgrading git, use the following command to check the currently git version

$ git --version

Update git on Windows

To update Git on Windows, you can follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest version of Git for Windows from the official Git website:
  2. Run the downloaded installer and select the “Next” button to start the installation process.
  3. Read the license agreement, select the “I accept the terms in the license agreement” checkbox, and then click “Next”.
  4. Choose the components you want to install, such as the Git Bash shell and Git GUI, and click “Next”.
  5. Select the installation directory and click “Next”.
  6. Choose the default editor and click “Next”.
  7. Select the “Use Git from Git Bash only” option, and click “Next”.
  8. Choose the default behavior for line endings and click “Next”.
  9. Choose the default terminal emulator and click “Next”.
  10. Review your selections and click “Install”.
  11. Wait for the installation to complete and then click “Finish”.

After the installation is complete, you can check that you have the latest version of Git installed by opening the Git Bash shell and running the command git --version.

Update git on Mac

You can update git using Homebrew using the following commands.

$ brew update
$ brew install git # if git isn't already installed
$ brew upgrade git

After the above commands are finished, you can run git --version again to confirm if the update is successful.

Update git on Linux

To update Git on Linux, you can use the package manager for your specific Linux distribution. Here are the steps for updating Git using the package manager on some popular Linux distributions:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade git # Ubuntu/Debian

$ sudo yum update git # CentOS/RHEL

$ sudo dnf update git # Fedora

$ sudo pacman -Syu git # Arch Linux

These commands will update Git to the latest version available in the official package repositories for your Linux distribution.

Overall, Git makes it easier for developers to work together on projects, while keeping everything organized and ensuring that changes are tracked and documented.

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