Installing git from source on Debian and CentOS

Published on January 27, 2016 in How-tos
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Git is maybe the most used VCS in the world and one of the first things you install on a fresh new server. Package managers are a handy way to put new software in, but Git versions in repositories are often out-to-date. Compiling from source becomes a must.

I’ve written the guide below for those times you need a quick memo. It is skinny and straight to the point. You can find commands for both Debian and Red Hat distro families. Just change the x and y to match the Git version you want to install. Both procedures are patched to avoid git pull errors due to missing SSL support.


$ wget
$ tar -xJf git-2.x.y.tar.xz
$ cd git-2.x.y.tar.xz
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential libcurl4-gnutls-dev libexpat1-dev gettext libz-dev libssl-dev autoconf
$ make configure
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --with-gitconfig=/etc/gitconfig
$ make
$ sudo make install

CentOS 7.x

$ sudo yum install curl-devel expat-devel gettext-devel openssl-$ devel zlib-devel
$ sudo yum install gcc perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker
$ sudo yum install wget
$ sudo yum remove git
$ wget
$ tar -xf git-2.x.y.tar.xz 
$ cd git-2.x.y
$ sudo yum install autoconf -y
$ sudo yum install curl-devel -y
$ make configure
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --without-tcltk
$ sudo yum install gettext
$ make all
$ sudo make install

CentOS 6.x

For CentOS 6.x guidelines, please head over to the great tutorial by Digital Ocean.


Either case, verify your installation to be successful:

git --version 

Thanks for reading.


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