How to clone a public GitHub repository without signing into GitHub from Visual Studio – 060

I didn’t realize you could do this in Team Explorer. But now that I think of it, of course you should be able to. *runs and hides from team explorer people I know.*

Go to View – Team Explorer. Click the green outlet plug button for Manage Connections.

 Manage Connections

Now under Local Git Repositories, click Clone.

Copy and paste the Clone URL from the GitHub website, e.g. here’s the clone path for Open Live Writer.

As soon as you paste it in, you’ll see the local path update from NewRepo to the name of repo.

Clone button in Team Explroer for a public GitHub repo

And click Clone. (And wait a bit if you are pulling down Open Live Writer over Starbucks WiFi… d’oh!)

OpenLiveWriter now appearing in list of local git repos

For the non-Windows folks following along at home, this is the command line equivalent of

git clone https://github.com/OpenLiveWriter/OpenLiveWriter.git

We’ll talk about submodules later in this series, probably over the summer 🙂

2 thoughts on “How to clone a public GitHub repository without signing into GitHub from Visual Studio – 060

  1. While it makes sense that Team Explorer allows to clone a repo, I could not understand why GitHub pane doesn’t allow to clone (or “open”) GH repos.

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