Introduction to GitLab

Do you write scientific software? Or do you write scripts as part of your research (e.g. Python, R, Matlab, Perl)? If so, you’ve likely experienced the problems that come with code management: where is that version I saved? I’ve broken something, what do I undo to fix it? In this course, you can learn how to solve these problems using the free and open source tool Git. The course is open for WUR staff and students and free of charge.

About the course

This course introduces the concepts of code management using Git. We will use the WUR Gitlab instance at, which is available for free to all WUR researchers to manage their code.

No previous experience is required, although some experience with running or editing code (Python, R, Matlab, Java, Perl or any other language) is useful.

Course outline

1.    Why is Git important for scientists?

2.    What is Git?

3.    What is GitLab & GitHub

4.    What is WUR GitLab –

5.    Live demo using WUR GitLab – Part 1

a.    Groups, projects and repositories

b.    Create new project

c.    Repository, Issues, Wiki, Snippets

d.    Edit / Replace / Delete a single file

e.    Using the WebIDE - remote file explorer

6.    Live demo using WUR GitLab – Part 2

a.    Setting project members

Upcoming courses 2021-2022

We don't know yet the dates on which we'll give this one-hour introduction in the coming academic year. Keep an eye on this website for any updates.