Using Git From RStudio

Just a brief introduction on how to easily set up a Git/GitHub repo in RStudio:

  • Make sure Git is set up on your computer and in R (ask Ethan for help on this one)
  • Sign into your GitHub account
  • Click on the plus sign in the top right-hand corner (near your profile picture) and select “New repository”. You can choose to make your new repo through your account or the Weecology one on the next page.
  • Name your repository, add a quick description if desired, select Public or Private (most often Public) and be sure to check the box to initialize a README document. Click Create Repository.
  • You’ll now be on the page for your new repo. Find the green icon CODE that has either an https address or something that looks like an email address (SSH). Make sure that the box to the left of text box says HTTPS rather than SSH. Then click the clipboard icon to the right of the text box. This will copy that address to your clipboard.
  • Now you’re done with GitHub. Open up RStudio. Go to File and select New Project. If Git is properly set up in RStudio, you should have an option called Version Control. Click on that option.
  • Select the Git option from the next menu.
  • Paste the HTTPS address into the Repository URL box. It will auto-fill the Project directory name. Make sure the project is being created in the appropriate folder.
  • Click Create Project and voila!
  • Now you should see a Git tab next to the Environment and History tabs. From there, you can make commits, push (green up arrow), and pull (blue down arrow).