Is there a difference between Magento 2 CE from official site and Magento 2 CE from github

Because I could not find many folders and files, and the file and folder structure is different. What is better for beginners? I want to customize the blank theme, but when I follow the tutorial many folders and files are missing form Magento 2.0 from the official site

  • in that case you can search vendor/magento folder.
    – Sohel Rana
    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:23
  • is app/code/Magento/Catalog/ as same as vendor/magento/module-catalog. because I could not find Catalog folder under vendor/magento
    – Salim
    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:52
  • yes, app/code/Magento/Catalog/ as same as vendor/magento/module-catalog.
    – Sohel Rana
    Jan 16, 2016 at 10:34

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What you are referring to are different versions for different needs:

GitHub links

This is the version to use when you want to contribute to the Magento 2 codebase as a developer.

This is the version to use when you want to set up a new shop based on Magento 2

Download versions

The download version is actually the same as the magento2-community-edition from GitHub. Use this if you don't want or can run the composer setup.

This link from the Magento 2 docs describes which version is the best for which need: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/install-gde/continue.html

  • Thank you Anna Völkl for the informations really it is very helpful
    – Salim
    Jan 16, 2016 at 13:59
  • +1, good explanation, short and sweet. You also have the option to download an archive like .zip and extract it in your web server's docroot. For all intents and purposes, this is the same as composer create-project. Jan 16, 2016 at 15:04

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