‘git’ is not recognized as an internal or external command

I have an installation of Git for Windows, but when I try to use the git command in Command Prompt, I get the following error:

'git' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file. 

How do I fix this problem?

28 Answers

Have you correctly set your PATH to point at your Git installation?

You need to add the following paths to PATH:

  • C:Program FilesGitbin
  • C:Program FilesGitcmd

And check that these paths are correct – you may have Git installed on a different drive, or under Program Files (x86). Correct the paths if necessary.

Modifying PATH on Windows 10:

  1. In the Start Menu or taskbar search, search for “environment variable”.
  2. Select “Edit the system environment variables”.
  3. Click the “Environment Variables” button at the bottom.
  4. Double-click the “Path” entry under “System variables”.
  5. With the “New” button in the PATH editor, add C:Program FilesGitbin and C:Program FilesGitcmd to the end of the list.
  6. Close and re-open your console.

Modifying PATH on Windows 7:

  1. Right-click “Computer” on the Desktop or Start Menu.
  2. Select “Properties”.
  3. On the very far left, click the “Advanced system settings” link.
  4. Click the “Environment Variables” button at the bottom.
  5. Double-click the “Path” entry under “System variables”.
  6. At the end of “Variable value”, insert a ; if there is not already one, and then C:Program FilesGitbin;C:Program FilesGitcmd. Do not put a space between ; and the entry.
  7. Close and re-open your console.

If these instructions weren’t helpful, feel free to look at some others:

Did you open the cmd prompt before installation of git? If so, close and reopen it.

  1. Go to My Computer => Local Disk(C:) => Program Files(x86) => Git => cmd
  2. Right Click the git => Select Properties
  3. Under the location Copy the text eg – C:Program Files (x86)Gitcmd
  4. Come back to the Desktop
  5. Right-click My Computer
  6. Select property
  7. Open Advanced
  8. Click Environment Variables
  9. In the System variables Find the Variable call Path
  10. Click the variable
  11. Click the Edit Button
  12. Select the Variable value Text Box .
  13. Go to the edge of the text and put semicolon(;)
  14. Then Right-click and press Paste
  15. Press Ok

If you are using GitHub for Windows (GitHub’s old Git GUI that is no longer available for download, not the new Electron-based GitHub Desktop), you have an installation of Git under:

C:Users<YOUR USERNAME>AppDataLocalGitHubPortableGit_8810fd5c2c79c73adcc73fd0825f3b32fdb816e7cmd

Expand this path, and add it to PATH.

Easy route to avoid messing with PATH variables: re-install git and select “Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt”. It’ll take of the PATH variables for you as mentioned. see screenshot

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If you want to setup for temporary purpose, just execute below command.

  1. open command prompt < run --> cmd >
  2. Run below command.
    set PATH=C:Program FilesGitbin;%PATH%
  3. Type git, it will work.

This is valid for current window/cell only, if you will close command prompt, everything will get vanish. For permanently setting, set GIT in environment variable.

a. press Window+Pause
b. click on Advance system setting.

c. Click on Environment variable under Advance Tab.

d. Edit Path Variable.

e. Add below line in end of statement.
;c:Program FilesGitbin;

f. Press OK!!
g. Open new command prompt .
h. Type git and press Enter


Git should be configured in your path variables.

(on Windows 7) Open the start button and type in environment. Click on Edit the system environment variables. Click Environment Variables. Scroll down to the Path variable in the bottom box named system variables. Click edit. In the bottom box named variable value add the path to your git bin folder. (for me this is C:Program Files (x86)Gitbin but it can be different for you.) If there is no semicolon (;) between your path and the previous one, add one there. Make sure you don’t delete the other path variables, only add the git bin folder to the end.

This worked for me. Git is now available through the command line. Open the command line and type git to verify if it worked for you.

Windows 8

  1. Drag the Mouse pointer to the Right bottom corner of the screen
  2. Click on the Search icon and type: Control Panel
  3. Click on -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced
  4. Click on Environment Variables, under System Variables, find PATH, and click on it.


C:Program Files (x86)Gitbin;C:Program Files (x86)Gitcmd

It worked for me

Start->All Programs->Git->Git Bash

Takes you directly to the Git Shell.

Yo! I had lots of problems with this. It seems that Github brings its own console which you need to look for in your drive. I managed to finally run it by doing the following:

  1. Press Start.
  2. Search for “GitHub” (without quotes)
  3. Right click on “GitHub” and select “Open File Location”

*This shall open *

C:UsersUserNameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsGitHub, Inc

Where username is your PC’s username

  1. Look for a program called “Git Shell”. Double click on it.

This will open a PowerShell command prompt. Then you can run your git commands normally on it.

That’s because at the time of installation you have selected the default radio button to use “Git” with the “Git bash” only. If you would have chosen “Git and command line tool” than this would not be an issue.

  • Solution#1: as you have already installed Git tool, now navigate to the desired folder and then right click and use “Git bash here” to run your same command and it will run properly.
  • Solution#2: try installing again the Git-scm and select the proper choice.

Just wanted to add to Abizern answer. If anyone is using a non-administrator account, you can create a “local” variable instead of a “system” variable which allows access to standard/limited accounts.

When on the “Environmental Variables” window:

1) Select “New…” button within the “User variables for …” section.

2) Set the “Variable name:” as “path” and “Variable value:” as “[your-git-path]” (usually found at C:Program Files (x86)Gitbin).

3) Then click OK.

On Windows use msysgit to get a bash prompt with a git command.

For Windows 10 Users:

Try running a command prompt window as an administrator. Type:

Git --version

You should receive an answer, something like “git version 2.17.1.windows.2”.

If you do receive something similar to the answer above, try running your Git Bash window as an administrator.

Type the same command:

Git --version

You should now see that you are logged in to the Git Bash shell with colored text and everything.

Mine would not work no matter what until I was using the git bash shell as an administrator. Just wanted to share in case someone else encounters a similar issue.

  1. Right-click “My Computer”,
  2. select “Properties”,
  3. open “Advanced”,
  4. click “Environment Variables”,
  5. highlight the “Path” variable,
  6. click “Edit”, add directories to the Path.
    If you installed Git 64bit, without changes to default installation folder, git will be at
    C:Program FilesGitbin;C:Program FilesGitcmd
  7. change the path with your exact path to git
  8. click OK.

If you don’t know where your Git folder is: In windows 7/8/10 git should be found:
C:Program Files (x86)Gitbin;C:Program Files (x86)Gitcmd
C:Program FilesGitbin;C:Program FilesGitcmd

Close the cmd prompt and exit. Then reopen cmd prompt.

Firstly check if GIT is installed on your system or not. If not follow steps which are mention on this link https://www.atlassian.com/git/tutorials/install-git for your operating system. After that you can use the git commands on your command prompt(terminal).

  1. Search for GitHubDesktopapp-2.5.0resourcesappgitcmd
  2. Open the File
  3. Copy File location.
  4. Search for environment.
  5. open edit system environment variable.
  6. open Environment Variables.
  7. on user variable double-click on Path.
  8. click on new
  9. past
  10. OK
  11. Open path on system variables.
  12. New, past the add (backslash), then OK
  13. Search for GitHubDesktopapp-2.5.0resourcesappgitusrbin 14 Copy the Address again and repeat pasting from step 4 to 12.

If you’re using Windows 10, do this:

  1. Go to Start

  2. Start typing ‘This PC’

  3. Right-click This PC, choose Properties

  4. On the left side of the window that pops up, click on Advanced System Settings

  5. Click on the Advanced tab

  6. Click on the Environmental Variables button at the bottom

  7. Down in the System Variables section, double-click Path

  8. Click the New button in the top right corner

  9. Add this path: C:Program FilesGitbin then click the enter key

  10. Add another path: C:Program FilesGitcmd

  11. Close & re-open the console if it’s already open.

I stepped you through the long way so you gain exposure to the different Windows/menus. Good luck.

If you get this error, you might not have git installed in your system.

Download it here:


Install it.

If you have Windows, you will now see a C:Program FilesGit folder.

Open a new Command Prompt window, and try running the git command again.

I installed Git and tried using Command prompt under actions in Team explorer/Changes.

;C:Program Files (x86)Gitbin;C:Program Files (x86)Gitcmd

add above path in environment variables

note: path may differ but you should add both bin and cmd

After installation, open the GitHub app and on the top right corner you’d notice a setting icon. Select Options from the dropdown and choose “Default Shell” as Cmd.

Now try typing ‘git shell’ in the search (windows key and type) and choose Git Shell. It should open up in CMD and git should now be recognized.

This helps for me : I set C:Program Files (x86)Gitbin;C:Program Files (x86)Gitcmd in path for environment variable.

  • Make sure correct git path is added to Path variable in your Environment Variables. E.g. – C:Program Files (x86)Gitbin;C:Program Files (x86)Gitcmd. It can be different for your case depending on where your git gets installed.
  • If it doesnt work, try restarting the command prompt so that it reads the updated Environment Variables.
  • If it still doesnt work, try restarting your machine to force command prompt to read the updated Environment variables.

I had this problem,when you install the git,you have to choose the right path,i mean,it should be the same path that you write git(code)in the Git Bash…for example,if your path is c:Usersusername , you must install the git in same path(c:Usersusername)..these 2 paths should not be different

You can use Powershell for this.

Go to the link and download correct version for your system and then install it. It will configure PATH automatically.

Open windows’ terminal from the begining. Everthing should be work.

Just check whether the Bit Locker has enabled!. I faced a similar issue where my GIT in the cmd was working fine. But after a quick restart, it didn’t work and I got the error as mentioned above.

So I had to unlock the Bit locker since I have installed GIT in the Hard drive volume (:E) which was encrypted by Bit Locker.

Windows 7 32 – bit

I am using git for my Ruby on Rails application. First time so…

I created a .bat file for loading my RoR applications with the paths manually typed using this tutorial at “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eFwV8lRu1w” If you are new to Ruby on Rails you might want to check it out as I followed all steps and it works flawlessly after a few trials and errors.

(The .bat file is editable using notepad++ hence no need for the long process whenever you need to edit a path, you can follow these simple process after creating a .bat file following the tutorials on the link above “file is called row.bat”.)

  1. right click on the .bat file,
  2. edit with notepad++.
  3. find path.
  4. insert path below the last path you inputted.

    During the tutorials I don’t remember anything said in regards to using the git command so when starting a new project I had this same problem after installing git. The main issue I had was locating the folder with the bin/git.exe (git.exe did not show up in search using start menu’s “search programs and files” ) NOTE I now understood that the location might vary drastically — see below.

To locate the bin/git.exe i followed this steps

1 left click start menu and locate ->> all programs ->> GitHub inc. 2 right click git shell and select open file location 3 click through folders in the file location for the folder “bin”

(I had 4 folders named 1. IgnoreTemplates_fdbf2020839cde135ff9dbed7d503f8e03fa3ab4 2. lfs-x86_0.5.1 3. PortableGit_c2ba306e536fdf878271f7fe636a147ff37326ad (“bin/exe, found here <<-“) 4. PoshGit_869d4c5159797755bc04749db47b166136e59132 )

Copy the full link by clicking on the explorers url (mine was “C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalGitHubPortableGit_c2ba306e536fdf878271f7fe636a147ff37326adbin”) open .bat file in notepad++ and paste using instructions on how to add a path to your .bat file from tutorials above. Problem solved!

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