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How To Install Git on MAC OS and Linux

You can’t use Git until you make it available on your computer. There are a couple different ways you can install Git and make it available for use. The option you choose will depend on the system you are running.

In this article, I will show you how to install Git on a MAC OS, as well as how to install Git on LINUX.

A couple of things you will want to make note of while interacting with Git.

  1. Even if you already have Git installed it is a good idea to update to the latest version.
  2. All of the commands below should work, even on the older versions of Git. They may act a little differently but should work. Git is very good at preserving backward compatibility. Any version after 2.0 should work just fine.

How To Install Git on MAC OS

There are a couple of ways to install Git on MAC OS. The easiest way to do it would probably be to install the Xcode Command Line Tools. This will work on Mavericks (10.9) or above, so it should cover you. If you are running on OS older than that I would recommend you look into upgrading that first.

If your MAC OS is good to go simply run git from the Terminal the very first time. Here is what that would look like:

$ git –version

If it isn’t installed you will be prompted to install. If it is installed, then the above command should output the current version installed.

If you need or want a more up-to-date version, then you can install Git on MAC OS via a binary installer. There is a MAC OS Git installer that is maintained and made available for download on the Git website, at

Finally, a third option of installing Git on MAC OS is to install it as part of the GitHub for MAC install.

They have a GUI Git tool that has an option to install command line tools as well. You can download this tool from the GitHub for MAC website, at

How To Install Git on Linux

More often than not you can install Git on Linux via a binary installer through the package management tool that comes with your distribution.

If you’re on Fedora or other closely related RPM-based distribution, like RHEL or CentOS, you can use dnf:

$ sudo dnf install git-all

If you happen to be on a Debian-based distribution, like Ubuntu, try using apt:

$ sudo apt install git-all

Installation For Other Unix Distributions


# emerge –ask –verbose dev-vcs/git

Arch Linux

# pacman -S git


# zypper install git


# urpmi git


# nix-env -i git


# pkg install git

Solaris 9/10/11 (OpenCSW)

# pkgutil -i git

Solaris 11 Express

# pkg install developer/versioning/git


# pkg_add git


$ apk add git


$ tazpkg get-install git

Author: Jeremy Holcombe

Growing up in Hawaii, Jeremy started his freelance writing career doing resumes, business plans, article writing, and everything in between. He now specializes in online marketing and content writing and is part of the Content Marketing Team at GreenGeeks.

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