& offline editing
- Generate an SSH key
- Git hosting provider
- Files to Git
- Working locally
- Collaborating with others
This guide explains how to set up version control with Git for Alan IDE projects. It also explains how to collaborate with others using an existing Git repository. If you do not know what version control is, we encourage you to just use the online Alan IDE and skip this guide.
If you are comfortable using Git and want to use your own editor/develop when offline, please follow the instructions from this guide.
Generate an SSH key
Generate an SSH key for the Alan IDE. We recommend that you do not use your own private key, but generate one instead as shown below. For details on SSH, see this guide.
- From the Terminal in the Alan IDE environment, run
ssh-keygen -t ed25519 -C "<user>@<domain>.<ext>"
and just press Enter when asked for a file and a passphrase*, unless you know exactly what you are doing. *Please note that if you do provide a passphrase, you may experience issues with Git integration in VS Code.
- Copy the contents of the public key file to your clipboard:
cat ~/.ssh/id_ed25519.pub # contents of public key file
Git hosting provider
Now, head to GitHub or another hosting provider for Git.
- Add your public key to your account.
- Create a new repository like
Files to Git
Go back to the online IDE. Run these commands from the Terminal:
git config --global user.email "email@example.com" git config --global user.name "Your Name" git init git add . git commit -m "first commit" git remote add origin firstname.lastname@example.org:<username>/my-alan-project.git git push
Now you can clone the repository on your local machine:
git clone email@example.com:<username>/my-alan-project.git
VS Code users can find the Alan extension here. Emacs users can find AlanForEmacs here.
Please note that for deploying your Alan project (
Alan Deploy), you will still need the online environment (Alan IDE).
If you want/need to be able to deploy locally, please request this on the forum or send us an email.
If we receive a significant number of requests, we will add a guide for local deployments.
Collaborating with others
You can collaborate with others using an existing Git repository by following the steps below.
- Generate an SSH key as explained here, and add the public key your account.
- Configure your username and email address for Git, by running the following commands from the Terminal in the Alan IDE environment:
git config --global user.email "firstname.lastname@example.org" git config --global user.name "Your Name"
- For a private repository, ask someone to add you as a collaborator.
- Make sure that the repository does not contain the
./deploymentsdirectory. If it does: remove it and add
- Then, run the following commands from the Terminal in the Alan IDE environment:
cd ~/project git init . # commit your own project git checkout -b my-own-branch git add . git commit . -m "own initial commit" # add remote repository git remote add origin email@example.com:<username>/my-alan-project.git git fetch origin git checkout master # or other branch from teammate
* Deployments are your own:
./deployments/*/deployment.alan files contain your Alan app url/ide name.
If you overwrite your deployments with those of someone else, you need to update your
You can do that by replacing all occurences of the