EGit Configuration & Creating a Git Repository With Eclipse IDE

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EGit This is the second article of Eclipse IDE Plugins and it is about EGit. It is a plugin which allows to run Git commands inside Eclipse. You can do all the necessary things with this plugin regarding to the use of Git as a software developer.

There is a very large website of the things around EGit at their homepage, but I think it’s too much if you just want to use to program.

To follow this tutorial you have to have Eclipse installed on your operating system and EGit. If you haven’t installed EGit, you can follow my previous tutorial which shows how to install an Eclipse Plugin.

Configuration of EGit

Start Eclipse and go to the Window menu and choose Preferences. EGit


Surf in the Preferences menu to Team->Git->Configuration and click Add Entry EGit

Add Entry

Here we add the first entry to the Git configurations. Key: user.email and Value: your own email address. Click OK when finished. EGit

Click Add Entry again and this time Key: user.name and Value: your own name. Click OK when finished EGit

Configurations Done

Now you have succesfully configured EGit to work. CLick OK to save the configurations. EGit

Creating a Git repository

Next we will create our first Git repository straight from Eclipse by using EGit. You have to have one Eclipse Project created already. Click right mouse button on the project and select Team->Share Project EGit

Share Project

Here we will select Git. EGit

If you get this error, you can select “Do not show again” and click OK. EGit


Choose your project if not selected and click Create. EGit

New Git Repository

You can here choose directory for your repository, but I prefer the default location, since all the user data is also in there. Also give your repository a name. Click Finish after giving the name. EGit


Here we wee our conclusion what we are going to do. Click Finish to continue. EGit

Done Installation

Now you have succesfully created a Git repository. Right click a project and go to Team and you will see all the necessary Git functions available. Click on the Commit. EGit


Here you can make your first commit, just select all the files you’d like to commit and click Commit. Now your first saves are done to the version history. EGit

On the next tutorial I will show how to import a Git project into Eclipse and what are the basic commands you need to use Git in other ways than just Commit.