Git for Windows: Step-By-Step Mastery using Commands and GUI

Git for Windows

Git for Windows: Step-By-Step Mastery using Commands and GUI

Start from nothing and master the foundation of Git source control, GitHub service, graphical clients and related tools

What you’ll learn

  • Learn the key concepts of the Git source control system
  • Step through the entire Git workflow
  • Install Git and configure a text editor for efficient use with Git
  • Compare the different states in Git
  • Manage files inside and outside the control of Git and GitHub
  • Create and manage repositories on GitHub
  • Create branches and resolve conflicts with confidence
  • Work with branches on GitHub
  • Walk through the pull request workflow on GitHub
  • Perform many of the same local Git operations directly on GitHub
  • Use various Git graphical clients in addition to and in combination with the command line


  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to install software on your computer
  • Admin rights may be required for software installation


This course is designed to be a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to learning the Git source control specifically designed for Windows users, which means no prior knowledge or experience is required but students will emerge at the end with a very solid understanding and hands-on experience with Git and related source control concepts. Since this course is design for Windows users in mind, we will cover both command line and graphical clients for Git while learning the underlying concepts. If you use other operating systems too, most of the concepts will transfer over without much effort.

Course Outline

Course Introduction and Overview provides an introduction to this course and the Git source control system and sets the stage for the rest of the course.

After the introduction, this first thing we do is run through the Installation process. If you don’t want to watch installation videos, you can simply follow the installation notes at the end of that section. Git for Windows Git for Windows Git for Windows

For those not familiar with the command line or Bash shell environment, I provide a handy Git Bash section for those interested.

Quick Start a very quick (15 minutes), hands-on introduction to Git. We start off by signing up for GitHub, creating a repository there, the makiing a local copy (clone), local changes (add/commit) and then update GitHub with our changes (push). This is the most common workflow developers will do using Git.

Once we have worked through the basic add/commit/push workflow, we can do the same steps, and a few more, using the Windows Command Prompt and PowerShell— really to show how the Git-related command work identically regardless of the shell used. Git for Windows Git for Windows

To prepare for the rest of the course, and a more common developer setup, we will install and configure a Text Editor (Atom) to work seamlessly with Git.

In Basic Commands, we walk through all the foundational commands needed to start a new project managed by Git (or enable Git for an existing project) all the way through making commits, including common file operations like moving and deleting files. We also cover how to exclude the wrong files from accidentally being committed and how to review your repository’s history.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in using source control and specifically Git and GitHub, especially Windows users
  • Software engineers, developers, programmers new to Git or GitHub
  • IT Managers or technical leads considering Git or GitHub for version control on their team

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