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Github Desktop Tutorial

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We can briefly show the use of Github Desktop as follows;

GitHub Desktop is a graphical user interface (GUI) for managing Git repositories. It allows you to perform Git operations without using the command-line interface (CLI). This tutorial will guide you through the basics of using GitHub Desktop to manage your repositories.

  1. Download and install GitHub Desktop from the GitHub website: https://desktop.github.com/
  2. Launch GitHub Desktop and sign in with your GitHub account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one for free on the GitHub website.
  3. After signing in, you will see the GitHub Desktop dashboard, which displays all the repositories that are associated with your account.
  4. To create a new repository, click the “+” icon in the top-left corner of the dashboard and select “Create new repository.” Enter a name for your repository and choose a location on your computer to store the files.
  5. To clone an existing repository from GitHub, click the “+” icon and select “Clone a repository.” Enter the repository’s URL and choose a location on your computer to store the files.
  6. To make changes to a repository, navigate to the repository in the dashboard and click the “Open in Visual Studio Code” button. This will open the repository in Visual Studio Code, where you can edit the files.
  7. To commit your changes, return to GitHub Desktop and click the “Commit to master” button. Enter a commit message that describes the changes you made, and click “Commit.”
  8. To push your changes to the remote repository on GitHub, click the “Publish Branch” button. This will upload your changes to the remote repository, where they can be reviewed and merged by other collaborators.
  9. To view the history of your commits, click the “History” tab in the top-right corner of the dashboard. This will display a list of all the commits you’ve made to the repository, along with their commit messages and the date they were made.
  10. To collaborate with other users on a repository, you can invite them to collaborate on the repository on GitHub website, or you can fork the repository and make your changes in your own fork.

These are the basic steps of using GitHub Desktop to manage your repositories. However, you can also perform more advanced operations like merging branches, resolving conflicts, and more. You can also find many resources and tutorials on GitHub Desktop’s website and GitHub’s website, which will help you to learn more about how to use it effectively.

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What is Gitgub Desktop?

GitHub Desktop is a free and open-source Git GUI client developed by GitHub. It allows users to interact with Git and GitHub in a more user-friendly way, providing a simple and intuitive interface for common Git operations such as cloning, committing, pushing, and pulling.

With GitHub Desktop, you can easily manage your local and remote repositories, create and switch between branches, view the history of your commits, and resolve merge conflicts. Additionally, you can use GitHub Desktop to authenticate with your GitHub account, manage pull requests, and collaborate with other users on your projects.

GitHub Desktop supports Windows and macOS, and it is designed to work seamlessly with the web-based GitHub platform, providing a smooth transition for users who are new to Git or who prefer a GUI-based workflow. The software is available for download on the GitHub website, and it is updated regularly to provide new features and bug fixes.

In short, GitHub Desktop is a handy software tool that makes it easy to manage your Git repositories and collaborate on projects with others. It’s a great option for developers who want to use Git and GitHub without needing to use the command line.

How to Install Github Desktop?

Installing GitHub Desktop on your computer is a simple process that involves the following steps:

  1. Download the installer for your operating system (Windows or macOS) from the GitHub Desktop website: https://desktop.github.com/
  2. Double-click on the installer file to begin the installation process.
  3. Follow the prompts to install GitHub Desktop on your computer. This may include selecting a destination folder for the application and choosing whether or not to create a desktop shortcut.
  4. Once the installation is complete, you can launch GitHub Desktop from the Start menu (Windows) or the Applications folder (macOS).
  5. When you launch GitHub Desktop for the first time, you will be prompted to sign in with your GitHub account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one for free on the GitHub website.
  6. After you’ve signed in, you can start using GitHub Desktop to manage your repositories, create and switch between branches, view the history of your commits, and collaborate with other users on your projects.

It’s worth noting that GitHub Desktop is built on top of Git and thus it depends on it. So before installing GitHub Desktop you need to make sure that Git is properly installed on your computer.

Additionally, if you’re on a Linux operating system, you can install GitHub Desktop by downloading the AppImage file from the GitHub website and then running it with the command ./GitHubDesktop-x.x.x-linux-x.x.x.AppImage (replace the x’s with the version number of the appimage)

It’s also worth mentioning that you can also install GitHub Desktop on Linux via package managers like apt, dnf, pacman, yum, etc. You can find more information about this on GitHub Desktop website.

You can examine in detail from the links below

Github Desktop Windows Install

Github Desktop MacOS Install

Github Desktop Linux Install

Github Android

Github IOS

How Do You Use GitHub Desktop?

You can follow the video on the use of Github desktop

 

How to Upload a Project to GitHub Desktop?

Here are the steps to upload a project to GitHub using GitHub Desktop:

  1. Launch GitHub Desktop and sign in with your GitHub account.
  2. Click the “+” icon in the top-left corner of the dashboard, and select “Create new repository.”
  3. Enter a name for your repository and choose a location on your computer to store the files.
  4. Select the “Local Path” option and navigate to the local folder containing your project files.
  5. Click the “Create Repository” button.
  6. The new repository will be added to the GitHub Desktop dashboard.
  7. To make changes to the repository, navigate to the repository in the dashboard and click the “Open in Visual Studio Code” button. This will open the repository in Visual Studio Code, where you can edit the files.
  8. Make changes to the files in Visual Studio Code and save them.
  9. Return to GitHub Desktop and you will see that the changes are shown in the “Changes” tab.
  10. To commit your changes, enter a commit message that describes the changes you made, and click “Commit to master”
  11. To push your changes to the remote repository on GitHub, click the “Publish Branch” button. This will upload your changes to the remote repository, where they can be reviewed and merged by other collaborators.
  12. Once you’ve done this, your project will be available on GitHub for others to view, download, and collaborate on.

Note: If you are working on a project that is already hosted on GitHub, then you can follow these steps to clone the repository to your local machine and then make changes to the files, commit, and push to the remote repository.

How to Make a Pull Request in GitHub Desktop

Here are the steps to make a pull request (PR) in GitHub Desktop:

  1. Clone the repository you want to make a PR to, by clicking on the “+” button on the top left corner of the GitHub Desktop window, then select “Clone repository”, and then select the repository you want to clone.
  2. Create a new branch by clicking on the “Current Branch” dropdown, then select “New Branch” and give it a name.
  3. Make the changes you want to submit as a pull request by editing the files in the local copy of the repository.
  4. Commit your changes to the new branch by clicking on the “Changes” tab, then enter a commit message and click “Commit to new-branch”
  5. Push your changes to the remote repository by clicking the “Publish Branch” button.
  6. Go to GitHub website and navigate to the repository you just pushed your changes to.
  7. Click on the “Compare & pull request” button next to the branch you just pushed.
  8. Review the changes you made and fill out the pull request form, including a title and a description of the changes you made.
  9. Click on the “Create pull request” button.
  10. You will be taken to the pull request page, where the repository maintainers can review your changes and discuss them with you.
  11. Once the maintainers are satisfied with the changes, they will merge the pull request into the main branch.

Note: It’s also possible to create a pull request from the command line, this can be done by using git commands such as git push origin new-branch, git request-pull, git pull-request.

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