This is a short guide on how to use git in Visual Studio Code (VSCode). The purpose of git is to allow you to easily share your code with collaborators and track the changes each of you make.

Note: We assume you have already signed up for GitHub and installed git on your computer. Otherwise, see step 2 in this guide.

1. Create your first repository

  1. Go to and sign in
  2. In the lefthand sidebar click on:
  3. Choose a repository name
  4. In Add .gitignore choose Python
  5. In Add a license choose e.g. MIT License
  6. Click Create repository
  7. Copy the URL

2. Clone your first repostiory

Ctrl+Shift+P + run git: clone + write link to repository (from e.g. step 1)

3. Work with your first repostiory

  1. Open folder with repository (e.g. the one you just cloned in step 2)
  2. Download existing changes: Ctrl+Shift+P + run git: sync
  3. Make some changes, add/remove files, etc. (it does not matter whether it is done in VSCode, JypterLab or from your OS)
  4. Upload new changes:

    1. Ctrl+Shift+P + run git: commit all (choose “Always” if there is a pop-up)
    2. Write commit message
    3. Ctrl+Shift+P + run git: sync (choose “OK, don’t show again” if there is a pop-up)

IMPORTANT NOTE: To avoid merge conflicts always download existing changes, before you make new ones. This reduces the risk of merge conflicts, where you and your collaborators have changed the same lines of code

4. Merge conflicts

Skip this if you are a first time user of git

If you get a merge conflict:

  1. Resolve conflicts by point-and-click (don’t save the file)
  2. Ctrl+Shift+P + run git: stage all changes
  3. Ctrl+Shift+P + run git: commit all
  4. Ctrl+Shift+P + run git: sync
  5. Save the file
  6. Ctrl+Shift+P + run git: commit all
  7. Ctrl+Shift+P + run git: sync

Problems? You can undo last commit with git: undo last commit

Worst case: Make a new clone of the repository and redo the changes file-by-file.