How to Install Git on Mac


Introduction: How to Install Git on Mac

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Git is a distributed version control system that's free and open source and designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. People use it to work together, using the same files, and helps a team to edit the same file. This way many people can have their version of the file local and all see who is changing and doing what. This helps mitigate any confusion as changes happen. While you may prefer to work on the command line, there are GUI clients for Git you can buy or download for free.

Step 1: Download Git on

To install Git on Mac, the first thing you are going to want to do is open your browser and go to Then click on the Apple icon.

Your download will begin.

Step 2: Open the Mavericks Box

Double click on the mavericks box. A welcome installer will popup on your screen. Continue reading through the installation all the way through to the summary page.

Step 3: Installation Success

There you have it. While you may prefer to work on the command line, there are GUI clients for Git you can buy or download for free. Try downloading one you like if you don't want to work in the command line.



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    I'm a bit confused. The Git client is already distributed as part of Mavericks (and probably previous MacOSX versions), it's in /usr/bin/git. Why do users need to download anything?

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    The default "Apple" version of Git doesn't keep up to date. There have been several times in the past when the Apple version was insecure for weeks after patches to the official version.

    There are a couple of other nuances between the Apple version and the official version, but that is one of the primary reasons.

    You can read more about this here.

    Thanks! That makes sense; I've seen the same thing with the GCC distributed under XCode, which was always much older than what my RedHat machines were using (and now I've got Clang, which is its own kettle of fish...).

    Ah, thanks! I've noticed that with some of the other "standard Unix" tools that get distributed with MacOSX. For a long time, the GCC distributed with XCode was horribly old (and now they've switched to CLang, which brings its own issues...).

    It looks like your version-checking Instructable is still in process, eh? I'll add a comment over there...