Setup Your Github Account

In this course we will use Github several times each week as you submit your labs and homework. Github for Education is a free service for educational use. Git gives to the benefit of code backups and an “undo” button in the event you accidentally change or delete your code. There a small learning curve to Git and Github, but once you git the hang of it its far more efficient than using email or Blackboard to exchange code.

Before You Begin

  • Make sure you know your NetID and SU Email address.
  • You will need to set a username for GitHub. Please use yournetid-su. For example, my Github username would be mafudge-su.
  • You will need to set a Github password. Please do not use your NetID password.

Setup Procedure

  1. Go to and click on the Sign up button in the upper-right.
  2. THE PROFESSORS NEED TO KNOW ITS YOU! In the Username field enter your netid-su for example my GitHub username is mafudge-su.
  3. In the Email Address field enter your email, for example, I would enter
  4. In the password field, enter anything you want. You should NOT use your NetID password here.
  5. Click Create Acccount to move on to the next step.
  6. Select the free plan. You will not need any other plan. click Continue.
  7. Now go to your email, and look for an email from GitHub.
  8. Click on the link in the email to verify your account.
  9. Congratulations! You have a Github account!
  10. Now help your professors out! Change your avatar to be a photo of yourself: