Initializing a Git project
If you are starting a new project or if you have an existing project which you would like to add to Git and then push to GitHub, you need to initialize a new Git project with the
git init command.
To keep things simple, let's say that we want to start building a fresh new project. The first thing that I would usually do is to create a new folder where I would store my project files at. To do that, I can use the
mkdir command followed by the name of the folder, which will create a new empty directory/folder:
The above command will create a folder called
new-project. Then as we learned in chapter 4, we can use the
cd command to access the directory:
After that, by using the
ls command, we will be able to verify that the directory is completely empty:
Then with that, we are ready to initialize a new Git project:
You will get the following output:
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/devdojo/new-project/.git/
As you can see, what the
git init command does is to create a new
.git folder which we already discussed in chapter 5.
With that, you've successfully created a new empty Git project! Let's move to the next chapter, where you will learn how to use the
git status command to check the current status of your repository.