Open, Clone and init
Whether you are a newborn or a wizened deep-ocean octopod, each user will need to open, clone, or initialize a repo in GitKraken.
The essential setup process includes:
Once this is complete, you are ready for your oceanic journey!
Projects in GitKraken
There are three ways to start a Git repository when working on a project:
- Open - Open a local Git repository already initialized and available locally.
- Clone - Clone a remote Git repository already initialized.
- Init - Create an empty Git repository or reinitialize an existing one.
Opening an existing project
GitKraken allows you to load your existing repositories and pick up where you left off. It's also useful for visualizing past work done.
If you're coming from a Git project you already have locally, navigate to File Open Repo to get started immediately in GitKraken.
Cloning an existing project
If your project is not on your local machine or you want a new copy, clone the project through File Clone.
This will then prompt you to open the newly copied project in GitKraken.
Initialize a new project
Starting a project in GitKraken is easy through File Init
All you need to do is fill out the fields and select for the magic to begin.
- New repository path
Automatically creates a
.gitignorefile in your working copy.
- On init, GitKraken will create a
LICENSEfile in your repository.
- Check out the Open Source Initiative or find out more about Choosing a License.
- A new initialized Git project at the specified repository path by creating a
- The project is opened in GitKraken
- An "Initial commit" on a
masterbranch containing a blank
README.mdalong with a
GitKraken also allows initializing a repository directly to a remote Git hosting provider such as GitHub and Bitbucket.