Creating and Connecting a GitHub Repository

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Create and connect a GitHub repository

Create and Connect a GitHub Repository: Exercise Overview


In this exercise, you will create a public GitHub1 repository for the source code of your application.

Task Flow

In this exercise, you will perform the following tasks:

  • Create a public GitHub repository to store the source code of a project.
  • Create a personal access token for GitHub.
  • Connect a CAP project with a GitHub repository using git commands.


To create a GitHub repository, you need a CAP project and a GitHub user. If you do not have a GitHub user, sign up for GitHub first.

Watching the Simulation and/or Performing the Steps

In this exercise you find a simulation and a list of all steps, displayed in the simulation. Performing the steps below allows you to follow the simulation in your own trial account.

Create and Connect a GitHub Repository

Task 1: Create a Public GitHub Repository


  1. Create a Public GitHub Repository to store the source code of a project.

    1. Open and sign in to

    2. In the Repositories tab, choose New to create a new repository.

    3. As the Repository name, enter RiskManagement. Don't tick any of the Initialize this repository with checkboxes.

    4. Choose Create repository.

    5. Copy the HTTPS URL of your newly created GitHub repository.

Task 2: Create a Personal Access Token for GitHub


  1. Create a Personal Access Token for GitHub.

    To create a personal access token, which you can use instead of a password, follow the steps described in Creating a personal access token2.

Task 3: Connect Your GitHub Repository With Your CAP Project

You have created a new, empty GitHub repository. To be able to use it as a repository for your risk management application source code, you need to connect it with your CAP project. Until now, the only place where your project's source code resided was your personal dev space in SAP Business Application Studio.


  1. Connect Your GitHub Repository with Your CAP Project.

    1. Return to your SAP Business Application Studio.

    2. Open a new terminal and navigate to your project root folder.

    3. Enter your email address and username. You can use the email address that you've used to register your GitHub account:

      Code snippet
      git config --global ""
      git config --global "Your Name"
      Copy code

      This configures the git command line tool locally in your Business Application Studio dev space. Now when you do file changes and commit them to a git history, git will use the configured name and email in these commits.

Task 4: Initialize the Local git Repository

Since we cloned the starter template from GitHub, we already have a GitHub repository. Therefore, we do not have to create a new local one. All we have to do is to commit all our recent changes, link the new GitHub repository with our local one and to push the changes to GitHub.


  1. Initialize the local git repository.

    1. Add all directories and files to the git staging area. Perform the command:

      Perform the command:git add.

    2. Create the first commit in your git repository.

      Perform the command:git commit -m "Push project content to GitHub"

    3. Add your copied GitHub repository URL from the previous part of the exercise as remote repository (without the angle brackets '<' and '>' ):

      Perform the command:git remote set-url origin <copied Git repository url.git>

      This tells your local git repository in the Business Application Studio dev space, that it has a remote counterpart on GitHub. The remote counterpart should act as the origin, thus it is the repository that you and your colleagues use as the central repository of your project.

    4. Push the commit with your project content to this GitHub repository:

      Perform the command:git push -u origin main

      This tells your local git to push the main branch to the remote repository. The -u option is used because the branch main did not yet exist on the remote repository.

    5. When prompted, enter your GitHub username and the personal access token, that you have created previously.

      The prompt appears in the upper middle of the SAP Business Application Studio, not in the terminal tab that you have used until now.


You have connected your CAP project with your public GitHub repository using git commands3.

Reference Links: Creating and Connecting a GitHub Repository

For your convenience, this section contains the external references in this lesson.

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Reference Links: GitHub

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1Create and Connect a GitHub Repositorythe steps described in Creating a personal access tokenGitHub token
2Create a Personal Access Token for GitHubyou will create a public GitHub repositoryProject GitHub
3Summarypublic GitHub repository using git commandsGit commands

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