How To Install Git on CentOS 8

Install Git on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Git on CentOS 8. 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 offers features like data assurance, workflows, creating branches, reverting to the previous stage, incredible speed, keeping track of your code changes, view logs, and many more. It allows you to perform your work in offline mode and when ready, you need the internet connection to publish the changes and take the latest changes.

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 through the step-by-step installation Git on a CentOS 8 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • 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 8

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

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Git on CentOS.

  • Method 1 — Install Git using dnf:

Run the following commands in for installation Git:

dnf install git

Verify the installation by typing the command below, which will print the Git version:

[root@idroot ~]# git --version
git version 2.18.1
  • Method 2 — Install Git from source:

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

dnf install wget unzip tar make gcc openssl-devel libcurl-devel expat-devel

Once the dependencies have been installed then we need to find out and download the latest version of Git:

wget https://github.com/git/git/archive/v2.20.1.zip
unzip v2.20.1.zip
cd git-2.20.1/

Next, Compile and install git:

make prefix=/usr/local all install

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

[root@idroot ~]# git --version
git version 2.20.1

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Git. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Git in CentOS 8 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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