How To Install Git on CentOS 7

Install Git on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Git on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Git is a free and open-source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.  Git v2.10.0 comes with a large number of updates versus the previous release 2.9.3. It is designed to handle small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation Git on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Git on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing Git.

Method 1 — Install Git with Yum

Run the following commands in for installation Git via yum:

yum install git

Method 2 — Install Git from Source

Before installing Git from source code, make sure you have already installed the required packages on your system:

yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
yum install gettext-devel openssl-devel perl-CPAN perl-devel zlib-devel

Once the dependencies have been installed then we need to find out and download the latest version of Git software, At the moment of writing this article it is version 2.10.0:

wget https://github.com/git/git/archive/v2.10.0.tar.gz
tar xvf v2.10.0.tar.gz

After downloading and extracting Git source code, Use the following command to compile source code:

cd git*
make configure
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
make install

To check the current version installed of Git use the following command:

[root@idroot ~]# git --version
git version 2.10.0

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Git. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Git in CentOS 7 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Git website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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