Importing Source Code to Github

Github is a hosting service for software development projects using the Git revision control system. GitHub offers free accounts for open source projects (public repositories) and commercial plans for private repositories.

I’ve been using github for a while to clone source code, but I had never imported existing source code to github.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. If you don’t have an account yet, sign-up for github.
  2. Setup github for Linux, Windows or Mac OS X.
  3. Create a repository as shown as explained here. You should now have a URL in github, something like, which we’ll use below.
  4. Go to the directory with your existing source code and create a local repo:
  5. Finally, type the commands below to add your code to your new repository:

That’s it, anybody should now be able to clone you code as follows:

NB: If your existing source code (or part of it) comes from a git repository, you need to delete existing .git* files and directory first:

or you won’t be able able to import your existing project to github and it will just upload an empty directory without source code.


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4 Replies to “Importing Source Code to Github”

  1. @ Arcko
    Yes, but I could not find the instructions above in that page. It just shows how to do steps 1, 2 and 3.

    Edit: OK, Step 3 also shows how to add a README, but I did not read that part because README was automatically generated when I created the repo :p. Obviously I should have read it…

  2. @ Albert ARIBAUD
    I think I had to do that step because I clicked on “Initialize this repository with a README” when I created the repository.
    So If I run git push command directly, I get the following error:

    ! [rejected] master -> master (non-fast-forward)
    error: failed to push some refs to ‘’
    To prevent you from losing history, non-fast-forward updates were rejected
    Merge the remote changes (e.g. ‘git pull’) before pushing again. See the
    ‘Note about fast-forwards’ section of ‘git push –help’ for details.

    But if the repo is completely empty, then you’re right and the ‘git pull’ request is not necessary.

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