SWD2: Version Control with Git and GitHub

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Workshop content

Version control can be thought of as the lab notebook of the digital world: it’s what professional software developers and authors use to keep track of what they’ve done and to collaborate with other people. Every large software development project relies on it, and most programmers use it for their small jobs as well. It isn’t just for software: books, papers, small data sets, and anything that changes over time or needs to be shared can and should be stored in a version control system.

At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Understanding the benefits and advantages of automated version control

  • Setting up Git on your own computer

  • Creating a repository

  • Tracking changes and exploring history

  • Ignoring files

  • Managing remote repositories using Github

  • Managing teams and collaborating

  • Coping with conflicts

  • Hosting code

  • Open Science and Licensing issues


We recommend that attendees have a working knowledge of the Unix shell. A suitable course is HPC 0: Introduction to Linux for High Performance Computing.


1 day


This course will run at least twice each academic year.

If you would like a bespoke version of this course run in your department then please contact us.


Research postgraduate students and above; teaching and lecturing staff.