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Audience Computational skills required Duration
Biologists Beginner bash 3-hour workshop (~3 hours of trainer-led time)


This repository has teaching materials for a 3-hour Introduction to Git and Github workshop.

Git and Github provide an easy way to track changes in documents over time, while facilitating collaboration with other team members. Git allows for saving changes and creating new versions of documents, while Github allows for public access to the different versions, as well as, collaboration among individuals on a team. Together, Git and Github, allow for project development between multiple individuals while being able to retrieve all previous versions of the tracked documents.

While initially designed for saving and developing code collaboratively, there are many advantages for using version control with Git and/or Github for other text files and substantial works such as articles, books, and dissertations. Also, since Github hosts the documents online, you never need to worry about losing your priceless work due to your computer crashing. Join us in the workshop to learn the simple bash commands needed to save versions of files on your local computer, as well as, how to make them accessible online on Github.

These materials were developed for a trainer-led workshop, but are also amenable to self-guided learning.

Learning Objectives


Lessons Estimated Duration
Introduction to Git 20 min
Git basics 75 min
Introduction to Github 50 min


We will be creating the data in the lessons.

Installation Requirements

Mac users:

Windows users:

These materials have been developed by members of the teaching team at the Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core (HBC). These are open access materials distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.