How To Install Git on CentOS 6

Installation

First, you’ll follow a simple best practice: ensuring the existing packages are up to date before installing anything new.

yum update


Then it’s a matter of just running one command for installation via yum:

yum install git


You’ll be asked to confirm the download and installation; simply enter y to confirm. Once this command is complete, git will be installed and ready to use!

As of the writing of this tutorial, the current version of Git available in the yum repositories is: git version 1.7.1. You can check the version of git that was installed by using the following command:

git --version


Configuration


To prevent any commit errors, it’s a good idea to setup your user for git. We’ll setup the user testuser with the e-mail address testuser@example.com .

git config --global user.name "testuser"
git config --global user.email "testuser@example.com"


Next we’ll verify the configuration changes by viewing the .gitconfig . Since you may have been roaming around your server’s file system before starting this tutorial, use the cd command to return to your home directory:

cd


And then view the .gitconfig :

cat .gitconfig


You can also view the same details of your configuration by using the following command:

git config --list

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