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Uploading your project to GitHub

You’re an upload away from using a full suite of development tools and premier third-party apps on GitHub. This course helps you seamlessly upload your code to GitHub and introduces you to exciting next steps to elevate your project.

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From private betas to the most important open source technologies of our time, GitHub is home to all kinds of projects. Developers count on our platform to take their projects to the next level with collaborative tools, uncompromised security, and premier third-party apps.

If you haven’t started your project on GitHub, uploading your project might feel overwhelming. This course helps you seamlessly upload your local project to GitHub and provides important next steps for managing your project and introducing community involvement.

What you'll learn

In this course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify where your code is stored
  • Introduce code to a repository
  • Create important Git files like a .gitignore
  • Identify important next steps to manage your repository and add community involvement

You'll know the answers to questions like:

  • How do I move my existing project to GitHub?
  • How do I add version control to my project?
  • How do I enable collaboration with others?

What you'll build

At the end of this course, your project will be on GitHub and ready for version control, and have all the collaboration features of GitHub immediately available. You'll have access to issues, pull requests, project boards, wikis and management features.


In this course, we assume you understand what a repository is and how to work with files and folders locally. We also assume you have experience using either the command line or can download software to help move files to GitHub. If you need some help with learning GitHub terminology, try taking Introduction to GitHub first.

Projects used

This course is open-ended, and you can choose which tooling you'd like to use. Some of the options include:

Who this course is for

This is a great follow up course from Introduction to GitHub. If you have a project you've been working on and want version control and collaboration features, this is the best course for you.

Steps to complete this course 4
  1. Plan the upload

    Explore your options for making the move to GitHub.

  2. Prepare the project

    Prepare your project for a happy life on GitHub.

  3. Begin the upload

    Publish your project on GitHub.

  4. Public or private repository?

    Understand the difference between a public and private repository.

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39 minutes


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