I forked several projects on GitHub based on keywords that reflect their functionality. However, I need a visual version of a working app (as opposed to its code) so I know if it is what I want to contribute to replicate later.

How do I do that?

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    What is "visual version of a working app"? Do you want there to be live examples of the various projects? Commented Jan 4, 2016 at 3:55

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If you're referring to running the application to see its GUI (assuming that the application has a GUI), you need to clone the project onto your local hard disk. There are instructions on GitHub Help on Cloning a Repository.

If you have Git installed on your computer, you simply open up a Terminal, cd to the correct location on your computer and type in:

git clone [email protected]:<YOUR_USERNAME>/<REPOSITORY_NAME>.git

After that you will probably need to perform some sort of setup procedure such as compilation. These steps are normally documented in a project's README, CONTRIBUTING, or INSTALL file.

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