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Using Git and GitHub for Version Control: Creating a GitHub Account

Describes how to use Git (a versioning control system) and GitHub (a web-based git repository) to track changes to your code.

Signing up for GitHub

Before you can use GitHub to track changes to your code, you need to create an account.

Go to to do this.

If you're setting up GitHub for a school project, you might want to consider using your school e-mail address so you get notifications there. Otherwise, just make sure you use an e-mail address you check regularly.

Your username can be anything you wish.

If you run into problems, GitHub has help documentation on setting up a new account.

GitHub Plans

GitHub offers several plans.

you can use unlimited public and private repositories with up to three collaborators on a free account. A pro account is seven dollars a month and allows unlimited collaborators.

For most purposes, the free GitHub account is more than sufficient. The "pro" option allows for more collaborators in private repositories, and provides additional options like GitHub Pages, a Wiki, the ability to protect branches of your code, and access to repository analytics.