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How to install GIT on FreeBSD 12?

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These days, it’s practically impossible to make a quality application without using version control. There are many popular alternatives, but the best is Git. So in this post, I’ll show you how to install Git on FreeBSD 12.


If you are starting to develop applications you may not know that Git is a free, open-source version control system and that it is perhaps the best. Many developers rely on it to control the versions of their applications. By versions, we mean those in development.

Using Git you can control and separate development in each of those development branches. So the changes of one do not affect the others.

Read Introduction to the Git branches.

In this way, it is good practice to develop applications using a version control system as support.

So, let us start.

Install Git on FreeBSD 12

Git is a popular open-source application that is available on many Linux and FreeBSD distributions. So before we work, let’s do some research into the official repositories.

:~$ sudo pkg search git
git-2.24.1                     Distributed source code management tool
git-absorb-0.5.0_4             Git command for automating fixup/autosquash commits
git-bzr-ng-git20140423_1       Bi-directional git to bzr bridge
git-cinnabar-0.5.2_4           Git remote helper to interact with Mercurial repositories
git-codereview- Command-line tool for working with Gerrit
git-cola-3.5                   Sleek and powerful Git GUI
git-crypt-0.6.0_1              Transparent file encryption in git
git-cvs-0.1.0_1                Tool to incrementally import changesets from CVS into Git
git-delta-0.0.14_1             Syntax-highlighting pager for git/diff
git-extras-5.1.0               Sub-commands for repo summary, repl, changelog population, and more
git-gui-2.24.1                 Distributed source code management tool (GUI enabled)
git-lfs-2.9.1                  Git extension for versioning large files
git-lite-2.24.1                Distributed source code management tool (lite package)
git-merge-changelog-20140202   Git "merge" driver for GNU style ChangeLog files
git-modes-emacs26-1.2.8_2,1    GNU Emacs modes for Git-related files
git-modes-emacs26_canna-1.2.8_2,1 GNU Emacs modes for Git-related files
git-modes-emacs26_nox-1.2.8_2,1 GNU Emacs modes for Git-related files
git-modes-emacs27-1.2.8_2,1    GNU Emacs modes for Git-related files
git-modes-emacs27_nox-1.2.8_2,1 GNU Emacs modes for Git-related files
git-prompt.zsh-2.2.1           Fast, customizable, pure-shell, asynchronous Git prompt for Zsh
git-remote-gcrypt-1.2          PGP-encrypt git remotes
git-remote-hg-1.0.0            Transparent bidirectional bridge between Git and Mercurial for Git
git-review-1.28.0              Allow to push code to review and interact with a Gerrit server
git-review-py27-1.28.0         Allow to push code to review and interact with a Gerrit server
git-secret-0.2.5               Bash tool to store your private data inside a git repository
git-subrepo-0.4.0              Git command for managing subrepositories
git-town-7.3.0_1               Git extension for generic, high-level git workflow support
gitaly-1.77.0_1                Smart reverse proxy for GitLab
gitblit-1.8.0_2                Open-source servlet for Git repositories
gitea-1.10.3                   Compact self-hosted Git service
gitflow-1.12.3                 Git extensions to provide high-level repository operations
gitg-3.32.1                    GTK-based git repository viewer
gitg0-0.0.8_2                  GTK-based git repository viewer (gtk2 version)
github-backup-utils-2.8.3_1    GitHub Enterprise Backup Utilities

1.- Search for Git
1.- Search for Git

As you can notice, I have used the sudo command, if you don’t have it enabled, I invite you to read our post so you can enable it without problems.

How to enable sudo on FreeBSD 12?

However, in the image, we can see many packages related to git and of course, the git package. So, since we’re in the official repositories, just run the following command:

:~$ sudo pkg install git
Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue...
FreeBSD repository is up to date.
All repositories are up to date.
The following 29 package(s) will be affected (of 0 checked):
New packages to be INSTALLED:
	git: 2.24.1
	p5-CGI: 4.44
	p5-HTML-Parser: 3.72
	p5-HTML-Tagset: 3.20_1
	perl5: 5.30.1
	expat: 2.2.8
	p5-IO-Socket-SSL: 2.066
	p5-Mozilla-CA: 20180117
	p5-Net-SSLeay: 1.85
	p5-IO-Socket-INET6: 2.72_1
	p5-Socket6: 0.29
	p5-Authen-SASL: 2.16_1
	p5-GSSAPI: 0.28_1
	p5-Digest-HMAC: 1.03_1
	python37: 3.7.6
	p5-Error: 0.17028
	curl: 7.67.0
	ca_root_nss: 3.50
	pcre: 8.43_2
	p5-subversion: 1.13.0
	utf8proc: 2.4.0
	subversion: 1.13.0
	serf: 1.3.9_4
	gdbm: 1.18.1_1
	db5: 5.3.28_7
	liblz4: 1.9.2,1
	p5-Term-ReadKey: 2.38_1
	cvsps: 2.1_2
Number of packages to be installed: 29
The process will require 294 MiB more space.
56 MiB to be downloaded.
Proceed with this action? [y/N]:

2.- Installing Git on FreeBSD 12
2.- Installing Git on FreeBSD 12

When the installation is complete, you can run the Git command to test the operation.

:~$ git --version
git version 2.24.1

Now you can start working with Git.


Git is one of those applications that every developer must be able to manage to improve their workflow. So, you know how to install it on FreeBSD 12.

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