mercurial Getting started with mercurial Installation and Setup


You can download Mercurial from the project's website, and there are graphical utilities for Windows, Linux and OSX if you'd prefer that to a command line interface. Most Unix package managers include Mercurial, for example on Debian/Ubuntu:

$ apt-get install mercurial

You can verify Mercurial is installed by running:

$ hg --version


Mercurial works out of the box, but you'll likely want to configure Mercurial to know who you are before you go further. To associate a username with your commits edit ~/.hgrc (or mercurial.ini in your home directory on Windows) and add the following lines:

username = Your Name <your@email.address>

If you don't want to do this you can always specify a username when you commit with the -u flag, e.g.:

$ hg commit -u "Your Name <your@email.address>"