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Audience Computational skills required Duration
Biologists Intro to shell for the CLI version of the workshop 3-hour workshop (~3 hours of trainer-led time)


This repository has teaching materials for a 3-hour Introduction to Git and Github workshop. These Materials are adapted from Software Carpentry’s lessons on Version Control with Git (for novices).

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


Using the Command-line interface

Lessons Estimated Duration
Introduction to Git 20 min
Git basics 45 min
Introduction to Github 45 min
Collaborations in Github 30 min

Using a GUI tool (GitKraken)

Lessons Estimated Duration
What is Version Control 15m
Using Git(Kraken) for version control locally 45m
Using GitHub for version control “remotely” 45m
More about working on Github and practice with GitHub 30m
Managing conflicts with GitKraken 30m
Working with Commits 20m


Download the workshop sample files zipped folder and unzip it.

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.