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Create a new Git repository

The first thing you need to do when starting a new project is to initialize a new Git repository. This sets up all the configuration files needed by Git to track changes in your project.

Simply running git init in the project directory will create a new repository. You can also specify a directory to create the repository in a different location, using git init <directory>.

💬 Note

You only need to run git init once per repository. Running git init in an existing repository is safe, so don't worry about accidentally breaking anything.

# Usage: git init [<directory>]

cd ~/my_project
git init
# Initializes a repo in ~/my_project

cd ~
git init my_project
# Initializes a repo in ~/my_project

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