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Original author(s)Linus Torvalds
Developer(s)Junio Hamano, Linus Torvalds, and many others
Initial releaseApril 7, 2005; 16 years ago (2005-04-07)
Stable release2.10.0 / 2 September 2016; 4 years ago (2016-09-02)[1]
Operating systemLinux, Microsoft Windows, OS X
Available inC, Bourne Shell, Perl[2]
TypeRevision control
LicenseGNU General Public License v2
See also: GitHub

Git (/ɡɪt/) is a distributed revision control system ― a computer program that helps people create other computer programs together. Git was made to be fast.[3] It was created by Linus Torvalds for use in developing the Linux kernel which he also created. Git's current development is looked after by Junio Hamano. It is free and open source software released under the GNU General Public License version 2 software license.


  1. Junio C Hamano. "[ANNOUNCE] Git v2.10.0". Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  2. "git/git.git/tree".;a=tree. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  3. Linus Torvalds (2005-04-07). "Re: Kernel SCM saga..". linux-kernel mailing list. Retrieved 2011-11-30.  "So I'm writing some scripts to try to track things a whole lot faster."

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