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From the install guide:

You can clone either a release branch or the develop branch: Release branches like 2.0 or .2.0.1 are more stable develop is more recent. Currently, the develop branch is the default but you can clone a release branch like 2.0.1 using the optional -b argument.

However, the branches list on github shows only:

-Develop (green mark)

-merchant_beta (red mark)

-2.0 (red mark)

Which branch should I clone to get the latest version for a production site?

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This is official document on how to install Magento: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/install-gde/install-quick-ref.html

We recommend to clone repository only if you are planning to contribute back to Magento 2 source code.

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  • Magento documentation like a roller coaster .... more you read, more you want to read again.... then you have just time wasted, left no money and a headache...
    – MagenX
    Jan 26, 2016 at 9:36
  • Would you mind giving an example? We're always looking for ways to improve. Jan 26, 2016 at 15:10
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Only composer shold used for production site. git is only for development

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Have you tried Composer?

composer create-project --repository-url=https://repo.magento.com/ magento/project-community-edition

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  • No error. Just make sure that you have swap configured on your server. Jan 25, 2016 at 19:19

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