TortoiseGit example configuration


On demand, we provide a private and secured version control service for our customers during software development. For this we use git combined with a Continuous Integration build powered by GitLab CE. Advantages are:

At the moment (12/2017) we recommend using TortoiseGit as the graphical client for Git on Windows. Here we describe how it can be used together with the GitLab service running at See a more generic overview on how git is used at and a list of alternative Windows clients have a look at the page Usage of first.  
  1. Download TortoiseGit from .
  2. During installation, choose options Use Git from Windows Command Prompt, Use (Tortoise)Plink, Use MinTTY.
  3. Now install the git.exe command line executables. Download and install from .
  4. Initial settings for Git (has to be done only once after installation) TortoiseGit settings: TortoiseGit Settings 1
  5. Set name and email in TortoiseGit:
    TortoiseGit Settings 2
  6. Clone a project from Log in at with your account. Click on a project to clone. Copy the URL by clicking on the copy button.
    TortoiseGit Clone 0 (https)
  7. Clone using TortoiseGit directly in Windows Explorer:
    TortoiseGit Clone 1
  8. Paste the URL from clipboard copied before: Clone from TortoiseGit Clone 2
  9. Enter your credentials from in the Git credential manager for Windows:
    TortoiseGit Clone 3
You should get the repository cloned into a subdirectory of e.g. myprojects.  

Update your local clone to latest version

As soon as you expect some changes in the repository (probably by some developer from, you can update your local cloned repository to this latest version:
  1. In Windows Explorer, right-click on the repository folder
  2. Select TortoiseGit / Pull...
  3. In the opening dialog window, the defaults should be OK. Click OK.

Command line

You can use the command line as an alternative:

Initial settings

Open command prompt. Enter:

git config --global ""
git config --global "Your Name"

Checkout repository

Open command prompt. Enter:

cd C:\myprojects
git clone

Replace USERNAME and PROJECTNAME with the correct URL, e.g.:

git clone

For advanced users

  1. Checkout is possible via SSH, too:
    TortoiseGit Clone 0 (SSH)