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Original author(s)Linus Torvalds
Developer(s)Junio Hamano, Linus Torvalds, and many others
Initial releaseApril 7, 2005; 15 years ago (2005-04-07)
Stable release2.1.1 / 19 September 2014; 6 years ago (2014-09-19)[1]
Available inC, Bourne Shell, Perl[2]
TypeRevision control
LicenseGNU General Public License v2

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


  1. Hamano, Junio (2014-09-19). "[ANNOUNCE] Git v2.1.1". Linux-Kernel mailing list. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  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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