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When I try to clone a git repository to my Desktop it always takes me to the download page but it is already downloaded.

How can I clone it directly from the browser to PC ?

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You may want to be more specific, how do you try to clone a git repository (command line, github app for windows?), from where (github, some other support)? –  nerdwaller Feb 15 at 22:47
Easiest to just use the cmd line. Maybe get a virtual term for your browser I spose. If you'd rather not and your on windows get the windows client which will handle those links for you and clone to directory of your choosing. –  Mrsonord Feb 15 at 22:55
In command line: git clone <SSH>. Getting a Git Repository. –  Anton Dozortsev Feb 15 at 23:10

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You need to be logged into the website (GitHub.com) and the application and refresh the page. Then you can click clone to desktop.

You could also install command-line tools. From the app, Preferences > Advanced > Install Command Line Tools

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Yea I needed to be logged in, thanks! –  meda Feb 15 at 23:45

I would try using MySysGit, as it seems to work about as well as any Windows git cloner could. You can get it HERE.

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The GitHub functionality to 'Clone in Desktop' has been replaced by a drag and drop feature which is not quite clear. The process to do this is explained here: http://joe.blog.freemansoft.com/2014/04/github-clone-to-desktop-with-windows.html

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