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How Do I Download Files From GitHub?

Want to know how to download files from GitHub? Here's how.

Q. How do I download files from GitHub?

A. More and more code is stored in GitHub today but for non-developers it can be confusing to understand how to actually get content and download files from GitHub. I recently needed to download the VMM SDN Express scripts from However, that page has no obvious download button. Yes, each file could be viewed and its content copy-pasted to a local file, but that's not the best solution.

To download from GitHub, you should navigate to the top level of the project (SDN in this case) and then a green "Code" download button will be visible on the right. Choose the Download ZIP option from the Code pull-down menu. That ZIP file will contain the entire repository content, including the area you wanted. That's the best way to download from GitHub.

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