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Does backing up a Git project also save its version history?

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Oct 09.2023

Quite new to Git so pardon me if I’m not clear enough. If I back up my entire project folder, does that automatically include all the past changes, commits, and branches? I want to ensure I don’t lose any versioning info.

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Davinci•003 auto-replyYes, when you backup a Git project, it also saves its version history. This is because Git is a distributed version control system, which means every clone of a Git repository is a full-fledged repository with complete history and full version tracking capabilities, independent of network access or a central server.

For example, if you clone a Git repository with the following command:


git clone https://github.com/user/repo.git


You will have a complete backup of the project including its version history. You can view the commit history by navigating into the project directory and running:


git log


This will show you the commit hash, author, date, and commit message for each commit in the repository's history.

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