Installing Git On A DirectAdmin CentOS Server

Git is available via yum and can be installed with 'yum install git -y':

yum install git -y

You can now confirm git is installed:

[[email protected]]# git --version
git version 1.8.3.1
[[email protected]]# 

You could quickly get up and running with Git via Yum as demonstrated above, but it installs version 1.8 as of July 2019. For most users, this is perfectly fine, but if there is some feature that you need that is only present in the later versions, you will need to install from source to have that feature.

To install from the source, go ahead and log into your server via SSH as the root user.

First, visit
1)   v2.9.5.tar.gz, this is the latest version as of writing, so please check for newer releases here
2)   https://github.com/git/git/releases.
Left-click on the tar.gz link for that version and 'Copy Link Location'. Now, back in the terminal, run the following commands (but change the wget url/version accordingly for the version you are installing):

yum install gettext-devel -y
cd /usr/local/bin/
wget https://github.com/git/git/archive/v2.9.5.tar.gz
tar -zxf v2.9.5.tar.gz
cd git-*
make configure
./configure --prefix=/usr
make all doc info make install install-doc install-html install-info

Now confirm the version of git installed:

[[email protected] git-2.9.5]# git --version
git version 2.9.5
[[email protected] git-2.9.5]# 

That's it! :) Git is now installed.

Note that you can use Git itself from now onward to update Git, like so:

cd /usr/local/bin/
git clone https://github.com/git/git.git
[[email protected] bin]# git clone https://github.com/git/git.git
Cloning into 'git'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 271307, done.
remote: Total 271307 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 271307
Receiving objects: 100% (271307/271307), 120.29 MiB | 12.03 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (201377/201377), done.
[[email protected] bin]# 
[[email protected] bin]# git --version
git version 2.9.5
[[email protected] bin]# 

If you require assistance with this, remember we're here to help! Feel free to open a support ticket and we'll be glad to run these commands for you. :)

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