Introduction to Git & GitHub

Introduction to Git & GitHub

basic bioinformatics


Start date:

19 June 2020

General context

This workshop will take you through the basic use of Git and GitHub. Git is a free and open source distributed version-control system designed to maintain code, track changes, recover old versions and collaborate with other developers. 

This course is open to everyone for free, kindly provided to you by ELIXIR Belgium. 


Get you started with Git from zero (note that if you already use Git, this workshop will be too basic for you). We'll work with GitHub (Desktop) and have a look into git on a command-line level. 

  • Introduction, set-up & configurations
  • Working locally: Create a repository, clone, edit, staging commits, commit & push
  • Working with your history & logs
  • Working in a project: Forking, branching & pull requests
  • How to version control your code in Rstudio with GitHub
Event intended for

This course is intended for researchers who are learning or using a programming language and might have an existing project with code or text files that need track of changes. If you intend to make your code collaborative, bonus points for you!


Tuur Muyldermans

Tuur Muyldermans is a bioinformatics trainer at the VIB Bioinformatics Core and ELIXIR Belgium. 

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Introduction & configurations
Routine usage (stage-commit-push)
Status & history
Working with branches
Collaborating in GitHub (forks)
Ignoring files
Version controlling in RStudio