Johannes Schindelin edited this page Jun 20, 2018 · 37 revisions

Which versions of Windows are supported?

Git for Windows currently works with all recent, commercially released x86 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows, starting with Windows Vista.

NOTE: Git for Windows version 2.10.0 was the last version supporting Windows XP and Server 2003.

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are long past their end of life, hence support for these versions was dropped from Git for Windows 2.10.1 and later. This limitation is inherited by Git's use of MSYS2, which in turn inherited it from Cygwin.

More information here: Git for Windows' prerequisites.

Is there an MSI for installation via Group Policy?

There is currently no MSI package; there is an exe installer and a portable package. You are welcome to contribute a Pull Request that packages a new installer.

There is an existing Pull Request in development and looking for testers, please try out and give feedback.

In the meantime you could try:

  • using the portable package
  • deploying the exe installer with System Center Configuration Manager
  • deploying the portable package via a script
  • deploying the Chocolatey package via Puppet (or something similar)

Should I upgrade to a newer Git for Windows version?

In general, yes: it is a good idea to stay up-to-date.

If you have a version older than 2.17.1(2), it is highly advisable to upgrade. These versions fixed critical bugs, therefore sticking with older Git for Windows versions makes you vulnerable: 2.17.1(2), 2.14.1, 2.7.4, 2.7.0, 2.6.1, 2.5.2, 1.9.5-preview20150319, and 1.9.5-preview20141217.

What is the release cadence of Git for Windows?

Official Git for Windows versions mainly follow Git's release cycle: every 12 weeks or so, a new major Git version is released (see details here: Typically, Git for Windows will follow suit within a day.

Other than that, Git for Windows follows the newest Git version's maintenance releases (read: after Git for Windows v2.15.0 was released, no new Git for Windows v2.14.x version would be released). Indicators for imminent maintenance releases of Git are:

Finally, Git for Windows is sometimes released in "out-of-band" versions, when critical fixes specific to Git for Windows necessitate it. These out-of-band versions are indicated by appending a (2) to the latest release (or (3), (4), etc). Examples for such out-of-band versions include: Git for Windows v2.15.1(2) and Git for Windows v2.16.1(4).

What is the relationship between Git for Windows and msysGit?

Git for Windows used to be developed using the development environment called "msysGit", but roughly coinciding with Git 2.1, msysGit was superseded by a new development environment: the Git for Windows SDK. See here to get a copy.

How do I update Git for Windows upon new releases?

This depends on how you installed Git for Windows. The bundle installation requires you to download and install the new version. Any customizations you made will be kept as long as you did so in the appropriate configuration folders.

For advanced users working with the Git for Windows SDK pacman is available as a package manager. See Package management

How do I check the release hash and release notes

For hashes see

For (G4W) release notes see the build-extra repo, or the top level of your installation (e.g. C:\Program Files\Git\ReleaseNotes.html).

For extracting 7z/zip archives see page.

Some native console programs don't work when run from Git Bash. How to fix it?

Git for Windows defaults to using mintty terminal. Compared to default Windows console host, it provides normal multi-line cut&paste, working resizing, defaults to unicode font and avoids some bugs in the default console host. However it does not present itself as console to native applications (those not built with MSys or Cygwin), so in these applications:

  • Non-ascii output may be corrupted due to mismatch in character sets (MSys and Cygwin use utf-8 while Windows will fall back to the legacy dos codepages in this case).
  • Interactive and full-screen applications won't work at all.

There are several methods for working around these problems:

  • Run programs that have problems using the winpty utility. This allows you to keep using the nicer mintty terminal, but can become unwieldy if you need the workaround for many programs.
  • Modify the shortcut for Git Bash to run bash directly without mintty so it uses the default console host and configure it for "Quick Edit", reasonable size and scroll-back and suitable unicode font. You'll still have to live with the other quirks of console host.
  • Install and use ConEmu.

I get errors trying to check out files with long path names.

Windows file paths are by default limited to 255 characters. Some repositories may have committed files which contain paths longer than the limit. By default, Git for Windows does not support long paths, and will print errors when trying to perform any operation on a long file name. Set the configuration property core.longpaths to true to allow certain Git operations to properly handle these files. See this wiki page for more information.

Excel file modifications not always noticed.

Excel (and some other apps) do not update the modified time of its files which is used by Git to quickly detect changes. Rather Excel used the change time field. Git will notice the modifications if a git status is performed. See issue 1000 if you need more background.

How do I access a repository hosted on a Microsoft Team Foundation Server inside a Windows domain?

The Microsoft Team Foundation Server is capable of hosting git repositories. If the server is a member of a windows domain, and your user account is in that domain, you can use domain authentication to identify yourself to the server, and can thus access git repositories without having to enter any credentials. For this to work, the server has to be configured to use domain authentication, not NTLM authentication. The repository URL can be obtained from the TFS web interface, it may look like

In order to instruct git to use domain authentication, prefix the server name with :@, like so: This is a special case of the usual username:password@server syntax, where both the username and password fields are empty. This causes git to look up and use your domain credentials.

I get "Permission denied (publickey)." when using git pull

Some DSA keys are not considered secure anymore by OpenSSH 7. Adding "PubkeyAcceptedKeyTypes ssh-dss" to ~/.ssh/config helps.

Switch locale for git-bash launcher (of Git for Windows SDK)

Some developers want to start git-bash (of Git for Windows SDK) with a different language. To achieve this in windows following command could be placed inside the launcher: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c "set LANG=en_GB && start C:\git-sdk-64\git-bash.exe && exit" replace en_GB with your preferred locale.

I have errors while building the solution in Visual studio

(i.e. fatal error C1083: Cannot open include file: 'openssl/ssl.h': No such file or directory)

Try to open the console and invoke git\compat\vcbuild\vcpkg_install.bat. Make sure that it has completed successfully, then clean and rebuild the solution.

Ensure also that you are using proper Build Tools (v140). It's going by default in VS 2015. If you are using VS 2017, you need to install them manually. Do not upgrade the project to v141 - it can't be done automatically.


Reproduced from Git for Windows' release notes:

Git is an Open Source project covered by the GNU General Public License version 2 (some parts of it are under different licenses, compatible with the GPLv2). It was originally written by Linus Torvalds with help of a group of hackers around the net.

Git for Windows also contains Embedded CAcert Root Certificates. For more information please go to

This package contains software from a number of other projects including Bash, zlib, curl, tcl/tk, perl, MSYS2 and a number of libraries and utilities from the GNU project, licensed under the GNU General Public License. Likewise, it contains Perl which is dual licensed under the GNU General Public License and the Artistic License.

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