Before we start working on our app, let’s create a GitHub repository for this project. It’s a good way to store our code and we’ll use this repository later to automate deploying our app.

Create a New Github Repo

Let’s head over to GitHub. Make sure you are signed in and hit New repository.

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Give your repository a name, in our case we are calling it demo-notes-app. Next hit Create repository.

Name new GitHub repository screenshot

Once your repository is created, copy the repository URL. We’ll need this soon.

Copy new GitHub repo url screenshot

In our case the URL is:

Initialize Your New Repo

Now head back to your project and use the following command to initialize your new repo.

$ git init

Add the existing files.

$ git add .

Create your first commit.

$ git commit -m "First commit"

Link it to the repo you created on GitHub.

$ git branch -M main
$ git remote add origin REPO_URL

Here REPO_URL is the URL we copied from GitHub in the steps above. You can verify that it has been set correctly by doing the following.

$ git remote -v

Finally, let’s push our first commit to GitHub using:

$ git push -u origin main

Now we are ready to build our backend!