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Download ZIP

Just need to get some code from a public GitHub project? Here’s how to get something from GitHub:

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On every project there’s an easy to use ‘Download as ZIP’ button that will give you the entire contents of the project. This is useful if you just need to grab and go (you leech you). However, this is not the correct way if you plan to contribute back.

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Right-clicking won’t work

Note: If you’re navigating around a project and see a file you’d like to grab, right clicking and selecting save-as will not get you the file. You will get an HTML file instead of the raw file you might be expecting. You should either use the ZIP download button or clone the repo to a local folder. Keep reading! We’ll show you how.


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