In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Git on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Git is a free and open-source distributed version control system. Git 2.9.3 comes with a large number of updates versus the previous release 2.8. 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 Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
- 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).
non-root sudo useror 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 Ubuntu 16.04
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Git.
Ubuntu 16.04 comes with Git 2.7.x, which is a little old now. As version 2.9 is not part of the Ubuntu repositories, you need to add the git-core personal package archive. Run the following commands in Terminal to install Git 2.9.3 on Ubuntu, via PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install git
To check the current version installed of Git use the following command:
[root@idroot ~]# git --version git version 2.8.1
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Git. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Git in Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Git website.