Adding an existing project to GitHub using the command line

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Last Updated : 2021-12-03 00:27:31

Adding an existing project to GitHub repository using the command line


  1. Create a new repository on GitHub. You can also add a gitignore file, a readme and a licence if you want

  2.  Open Git Bash

  3. Change the current working directory to your local project.

  4. Initialize the local directory as a Git repository.
    git init​


  5. Add the files in your new local repository. This stages them for the first commit.
    git add .


  6.  Commit the files that you’ve staged in your local repository.
    git commit -m "initial commit"


  7. Copy the https url of your newly created repo

  8. In the Command prompt, add the URL for the remote repository where your local repository will be pushed.
    git remote add origin [remote repository URL]

    git remote -v​


  9. Push the changes in your local repository to GitHub.
    git push -f origin master


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