Tuesday, 28 July 2015

How to use GitHub with Android Studio


How to use GitHub with Android Studio

UPDATE: This is an old tutorial written for Android Studio Beta. Since then there have been some updates and (although the below will still work) you may find it quicker to follow my updated tutorial How to use GitHub with Android Studio 1.x.
This article will explain how to use GitHub with Android Studio.
Video Demonstration
Firstly, let’s login to github.com and create a new repository. From the top right corner of the screen, click the + sign and select New repository.
GitHub "New repository" optionGitHub “New repository” option
Now complete the form to create a new repository called testproject. Leave the Initialize this repository with a README unticked.
GitHub create new repository formGitHub create new repository form
Next, open Android Studio and create a new project. Call your new application TestProject. Click Next to continue.
Android Studio new project windowAndroid Studio new project window
Leave the next page as default and click Next.
Android Studio "Select the form factors your app will run on" screenAndroid Studio “Select the form factors your app will run on” screen
On the Add an activity to Mobile screen select Blank Activity and click Next.
Android Studio "Add an activity to Mobile" screenAndroid Studio “Add an activity to Mobile” screen
In the next screen, leave the default activity name of MyActivity and click Finish.
Android Studio "New file options" screenAndroid Studio “New file options” screen
Your new project will open in Android Studio. On the top menu, select VCS > Import into Version Control >Create Git Repository.
Android Studio "Create Git Repository" option.Android Studio “Create Git Repository” option.
On the next screen, leave it all as default and click OK.
Android Studio "Select directory for git init" screenAndroid Studio “Select directory for git init” screen
Now use Internet Explorer and navigate to the root of your projects folder. Right click and select Git Bash (If you do not see this option, then first install Git for Windows).
When the Git bash screen appears, type:
git remote add origin https://github.com/[username]/[project_name].git
An example of a Git repository URL is: https://github.com/markwint/testproject.git
Entering command into Git BashEntering command into Git Bash
Then press enter. The GitHub remote will be added to your Git repository.
Next, jump back into Android Studio, right click your projects root directory and select Git > Add. This will add all your project files to your Git repository.
Android Studio "Git > Add" option Android Studio “Git > Add” option
It will seem like nothing has happened, but trust me, the project files are added.
Now right click the project name again and this time select Git > Commit Directory.
Android Studio "Commit Directory" optionAndroid Studio “Commit Directory” option
In the next screen, type a Commit Message and select Commit.
Android Studio "Commit Changes" optionAndroid Studio “Commit Changes” option
If a Code Analysis warning appears, click Commit. (Unless it’s a real project, in which case review and fix the issue before committing!)
Android Studio "Code Analysis" warningAndroid Studio “Code Analysis” warning
Now, right click the project name, select Git > Repository > Push.
Android Studio "Git Push" optionAndroid Studio “Git Push” option
Check the box Push current branch to alternative branch and leave the branch name as master. Then select push.
Android Studio "Git Push" promptAndroid Studio “Git Push” prompt
Now enter your GitHub Login (email address) and Password. Then click OK.
Android Studio GitHub Remote LoginAndroid Studio GitHub Remote Login
If it’s all good, you will see this message.
Android Studio Successful Git PushAndroid Studio Successful Git Push
Now your code is pushed to your GitHub repository. Don’t believe me? Logon and check for yourself.
GitHub repository pushed from Android StudioGitHub repository pushed from Android Studio
Hope that was helpful.

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