How to Install GitHub Desktop on Ubuntu Linux

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The article provides a step-by-step guide on installing GitHub Desktop on Ubuntu Linux using a DEB package downloaded from GitHub. It highlights GitHub Desktop’s user-friendly interface which simplifies Git usage by offering easy collaboration, efficient repository management, and provision to execute Git commands without command-line interface. It also mentions alternative installation methods and the uninstallation process.

This article explains how to install the GitHub Desktop on Ubuntu Linux to simplify your development workflow.

GitHub Desktop is a graphical user interface (GUI) application that simplifies the use of Git, a popular version control system for software development. It allows users to manage their repositories easily, collaborate with other team members, and perform various Git commands without needing a command-line interface.

There are multiple ways to install the GitHub Desktop on Ubuntu Linux. The recommended way is to download the DEB package from GitHub and install it on your machine.

With its graphical user interface (GUI), users can easily manage their repositories, collaborate with team members, and perform various Git commands without using the command-line interface.

This makes it more accessible and user-friendly for developers who may not be comfortable with Git’s command-line interface. Additionally, GitHub Desktop simplifies creating, cloning, and publishing repositories, making it an ideal tool for beginners and experienced developers.

Install the GitHub Desktop on Ubuntu using its DEB package.

As mentioned above, multiple ways exist to install the GitHub Desktop on Ubuntu Linux. If the recommended way of using the DEB package isn’t suitable for your environment, you can use the other methods.

To install, go to the link below and download the latest version with the .deb file extension.

The file will be downloaded to your home directory’s ~/Downloads folder.

Alternatively, please right-click the link and copy it into the clipboard.

Download GitHub package

Head to your ~/Downloads folder, right-click on the downloaded file, and select ‘Open With …’.

Next, select ‘App Center‘ on the list of options to open the file with and click Open.

Download GitHub open with App Center

When the ‘App Center‘ opens, click the Install button to install the GitHub app.

Install the GitHub package using the command line

You can also install the download package by using the command line console. After the file has been downloaded into your ~/Downloads folder, run the command below to install it.

sudo apt install ~/Downloads/GitHubDesktop*.deb

After installing the app, you can search for it and launch it.

GitHub Desktop app login

If you want to uninstall it, run the command below.

sudo apt remove github-desktop

That should do it!


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