• I'm a beginner to Git.
  • I intend to use it to store a small repository on Dropbox on my PC.
  • I have downloaded portable Git (I prefer using portable software when possible).

Would love your recos on which GUI (Windows 7) I should try that will play well with the portable version of Git.

  • What do you mean by “portable”? Commented Oct 1, 2017 at 2:10
  • A word of warning I use Box and have found that it is totally unsuitable for repository storage due to a pile of file/directory naming restrictions that are not well advertised, including not syncing files/directories that start with . which lets git out obviously. It is worth checking if there might be the same restrictions on Dropbox. For git I would always recommend using GitHub to host the repository. Commented Oct 1, 2017 at 8:10
  • @BasilBourque The "thumbdrive version" that doesn't need to be installed. So it doesn't affect the registry. Google for it, you'll find it. It's an official release. Commented Oct 1, 2017 at 17:32
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    @SteveBarnes Fair warning. I might use bitbucket instead because they have free private repositories. GitHub free will make my potentially billion dollar idea (cough) public. Commented Oct 1, 2017 at 17:33
  • FYI: Download page for Git for Windows Portable ("thumbdrive edition"). Commented Oct 1, 2017 at 21:15

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A couple of possibilities that might get you started:

  1. The built in git GUI, in your portable apps console change directory to an existing git repository, (checked out with git clone or created with git init), and simply type git gui to get a rather basic but usable git GUI.
  2. Check for a portable IDE that supports your language and has a git client plug-in or built in, some possibilities include:
    • Atom (Portable) with git-gui Extension. Good for many languages
    • Spyder has limited git integration and can be installed portable. Good for Python
    • Eclipse is available in portable editions and has egit
  • I started playing around with the built-in GUI (git-gui), and found it adequate for my needs. The massive amount of new Git jargon is going to take some getting used to though! Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 18:21
  • If you have a free choice of version control software I would take a look at Mercurial, (hg/TortoiseHg), as it is much more user friendly. (It is portable as well). Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 19:49

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