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GitHub Cheat Sheet 10.2: Git Staging

Welcome to the exciting world of version control with Git and GitHub! In this tutorial, we will delve into the fundamentals of Git staging, an essential concept in the world of collaborative software development. Understanding Git staging is crucial for managing changes effectively and ensuring a smooth workflow. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a solid grasp of how to use Git staging to organize and commit changes to your projects.

Before we dive into Git staging, make sure you have Git installed on your machine. If you haven’t done so, visit the official Git website for installation instructions.

Understanding Git Staging:
Git staging is the process of preparing changes to be committed to a repository. It allows you to selectively choose which changes to include in the next commit, providing flexibility and control over your version history.

Step 1: Initializing a Git Repository:

If you haven’t already initialized a Git repository, navigate to your project folder using the terminal (or command prompt) and run the following command:

git init

This command initializes a new Git repository in your project folder.

Step 2: Creating and Modifying Files:

Create a new file in your project folder, for example, index.html, and add some content to it. Use the following commands:

touch index.html
echo "Hello, Git Staging!" >> index.html

Step 3: Checking the Status:

To view the status of your working directory and staging area, use the following command:

git status

This command shows you the untracked and modified files in your project.

Step 4: Adding Changes to the Staging Area:

To stage changes for commit, use the git add command. In this case, we’ll add our index.html file:

git add index.html

This command stages the changes in index.html for the next commit.

Step 5: Checking the Staging Area:

To see what changes are staged for the next commit, use:

git status

This command shows the changes in the staging area, ready to be committed.

Step 6: Committing Changes:

Once you are satisfied with the staged changes, commit them using the following command:

git commit -m "Add index.html with greeting"

This command commits the changes to the repository with a descriptive message.

Step 7: Viewing Commit History:

To view the commit history, use the following command:

git log

This command displays a list of commits, including commit messages and unique identifiers.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully learned the basics of Git staging. This fundamental skill will serve you well as you continue your journey into version control with Git and GitHub. Practice and explore more Git commands to enhance your proficiency in managing collaborative software projects.

Remember, mastering Git staging is a crucial step towards becoming a proficient software developer. Stay tuned for more tutorials on advanced Git concepts. Happy coding!

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