How To Install Git on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Git on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Git on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Git it is a distributed version control system. Git is a free software designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. It can be easy to learn and used for tracking changes in source code during software development. Git has the features of data integrity, non-linear workflows, and fast performance. Git 2.25.1 comes with a large number of updates versus previous release 2.20. 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 through the step by step installation Git on a Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) server.

Install Git on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Git on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Method 1. Install Git on Ubuntu from the repository.
sudo apt install git

Confirm Git the installation:

[root@idroot.us ~]# git --version
git version 2.25.1
  • Method 2. Installing Git from the Source.

First, install the dependencies necessary to build Git on your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install dh-autoreconf libcurl4-gnutls-dev libexpat1-dev make gettext libz-dev libssl-dev libghc-zlib-dev

Then, open your browser, visit the Git project’s mirror on GitHub and copy the latest release link URL that ends in .tar.gz

wget -c https://github.com/git/git/archive/v2.26.2.tar.gz -O - | sudo tar -xz -C /usr/src

Run the following commands to compile and install Git:

cd /usr/src/git-*
sudo make prefix=/usr/local all
sudo make prefix=/usr/local install

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

[root@idroot.us ~]# git --version
git version 2.26.2

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Git. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Git in Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Git website.

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