Github is the world’s leading software development platform. It brings together all developers to discover, share, and build better software. Today, more and more code is stored in GitHub, but for non-developers it can be confusing how to actually get content and download file from GitHub. Here is the answer for you.
How to download file from Github
To download file from Github, commonly we can use git which includes a command line interface (CLI). You can use this program to locally create version control repositories.
On the project’s main page on GitHub.com, you’ll find a green “Clone or download” button on the top right.
This allows you to do two things:
- Download text file: To download a text file, you can access it via your browser and click the link to view “Raw” source. Highlight text and Copy, then Paste to a local file.
- Download zip: If you are truly only interested in getting the raw files and not the actual Git repository, you can simply use the Download ZIP button.
- Clone Project: More likely, however, you’ll want to get a copy of the actual Git repository. In Git, this is called “cloning”. To do this, first copy the remote URL shown in that popup window to the clipboard. You can then use this URL either on the command line – through “git clone <remote-url>” or in a Git desktop client like Tower.
Download using fork
Another popular method if you intend to make your own changes to the repository is to fork it, creating a linked replica that can be maintained independently. If you fork a repository from another org, a replica will appear in your account. You can then download it however you choose.
Step 1. Open the Github and log in to your account.
Step 2. Navigate to the file you want to download.
Step 3. Click the Fork button on the top right corner of the screen.
Step 4. Wait for Github clone or fork that project over to your own GitHub account. Once it’s done, it’ll immediately show you the project under your Github username.
Step 5. Click on your profile icon in the navigation bar at the top-right, and then select the option that says Your Repositories.
How to download from Github on Android?
>> A fast and easy way is to go onto the repository on your Android mobile web browser, then scroll down until you find “Request desktop version”. Once you click the link, the webpage will reload and give you the option to download the repository in a zip file.