How to download files from GitHub without the terminal

It’s very easy to get files from GitHub, but when first using it, I wanted to just be able to download files without having to use the terminal. Easy enough, here’s a walk through.

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So to download an entire repository, just go to a repo (here for example) and click the “Download ZIP” link.

GitHub download ZIP

And to download a single file within a repository, just go to the url for that file, then click the “Raw” button.

GitHub Raw button

That will show the raw version of that file. Simply right-click and select “Save as…” to download it.

Right-click and select Save as

Or more quickly…

You can also just right-click the Raw button itself, then select “Save link as…“.

GitHub right-click Raw and select Save as

What about GitHub Gists?

GitHub Gists can be downloaded exactly the same way. Just go to a Gist url (here for example) and click “Download Gist” to download a complete Gist package.

Download GitHub Gist

If you just want a single file from a Gist (usually they’re just single files), simply go to that file’s url and right-click “Raw” then select “Save link as…“.

Gist - click Raw button and select save link as

Cheers! 🙂

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How to download files from GitHub without the terminal

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