Git Going Fast:
One Hour Crash Course


1 hour

Git Going Fast: One Hour Crash Course

This course is designed to cut academic theory to just the key concepts and focus on basics tasks in Git in order to be productive quickly. Students can expect to learn the minimum needed to start using Git in less than an hour.

Recent Course Updates
October 17th: Added Updates and Errata section

Course Outline

Course Introduction and Overview provides an introduction to this course and the Git source control system. Key concepts and the basic workflow are discussed.

Setup and Configuration provides step-by-step instructions on how to setup Git for Windows and Mac OS X, how to use Git’s help command, and how to setup the minimum required configuration to start using Git.

In Working with Git Locally, we walk through all the commands needed to start a new project managed by Git (or enable Git for an existing project) all the way through making commits, including common file operations like moving and deleting files. We also cover how to exclude the wrong files from accidentally being committed and how to review your repository’s history.

Going Remote covers publishing the locally created repository (previous section) on GitHub. Starting off by setting up SSH authentication, creating the remote version of our repository, linking the local repository with the remote version on GitHub, and finally sending our changes up to remote repository.

Course Features

Presentations provide audio/video training of conceptual ideas. Since few like slide-ware presentations, slide-presentations are kept to a minimum.

Screencasts provide a video of the instructor’s computer system with any actions, commands, or screens displayed and narrated. There is a total of 56 minutes of video based training in this course (Presentation + Screencasts, excluding Promo Video).

Following each lecture or group of related lectures in the demo sections of the course are Command Listing lectures that serve as reference and reminder of the commands used in the previous lecture(s). Each Command Listing includes the exact listings used in the previous lectures and a reference guide for newly introduced commands. All commands used in this course are available through the Command Listing lectures.

The four Quizzes reinforce the key concepts by testing your newly learned knowledge throughout the course.

Several attachments throughout the course provide supplemental information, illustrations, or other reference material.

Moving Forward

Students can checkout my last lecture on other Git related resources. The instructor is available for simple questions by email and can provide customized paid instruction upon request — go the the author’s profile for contact.

Chapter 1 : Course Introduction and Overview

This section provides an introduction to the course and covers some basic theory before moving on.

  • Introduction
  • Key Concepts
  • Workflow
  • Chapter Quiz

9 min.

Chapter 2 : Setup and Configuration

This section walks through the setup process for Windows and MacOS.

  • Overview
  • Installing Git for Windows
  • Installing Git on a Mac via Command Line
  • Getting Help
  • Help Commands (Text)
  • Git Configuration
  • Configuration Commands (Text)
  • Chapter Quiz

12 min.

Chapter 3 : Working with Git Locally

With the core concepts and installation out of the way, this section dives into the main content for the course — working with Git locally.

  • Starting Fresh
  • Starting with an Existing Project
  • Starting Commands (Text)
  • The First Commit
  • First Commit Commands (Text)
  • Working Locally, Part 1
  • Working Locally, Part 2
  • Working Locally Commands (Text)
  • Gitting Historical
  • Removing Files
  • Moving Files
  • Ignoring Files
  • History and File Management Commands (Text)
  • Chapter Quiz

26 min.

Chapter 4 : Going Remote

Most teams need to work from a common repository, hosted some place beside the local system. GitHub is a popular hosting service for Git repos and this section covers how to work with GitHub.

  • Setting Up SSH Authentication
  • SSH Authentication Commands (Text)
  • Collaborating with Others – Git Remotes and GitHub
  • Git Remote Commands (Text)
  • Chapter Quiz

11 min.

Chapter 5 : Updates and Errata

Special section with articles on common issues, course updates, or problems.

  • Git Mac OS X Updates (Text)

1 min.

Chapter 6 : Conclusion

Some final thoughts and additional resources.

  • Parting Words
  • Additional Resources (Text)
  • Bonus: Exclusive Student Discounts

1 min.

Jason Taylor


Jason has over 20 years of software experience and over 5 years working with Git, GitHub, and related tools.

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