Setting up Git with git config

Show how to set up Git and make it your own using git config.

To view all of your settings, you can type the following into your computers terminal:

git config --list --show-origin

When getting set up, it’s important to enter your credentials so that git on your local machine is linked to your account on GitHub. You’ll do this by first entering your name:

git config --global "Your Name"

Then, you’ll enter your email (using the email that you used to register your account on

git config --global

You can also set your default text editor for use with git by following the example below, which makes vim the default:

git config --global core.editor vim

We have some discussion in the VS Code Git Configuration Chapter about setting up VS Code as a mergetool and difftool.

For more information on configuing git, see the full instructions from git here.