How to upgrade Git on Windows to the latest version?


I just upgraded to Git for Windows, from my previous version 1.7.9.mysysgit.0. I downloaded the new version from the Git site and installed through the normal Git installer EXE.

That said, when I fire up my terminal window, it still is showing that I am running git version 1.7.9.mysysgit.0. When I type "git --version" from my prompt, same thing.

I found this article on a similar issue with Git on Mac OSX, which leads me to believe that it has something to do with a faulty PATH, but I'm still pretty new at all this (5 months self-taught), so I'm at a loss in how to translate this to Windows.

This problem arose when I began a new Rails project and tried to push it up to Git. I added the remote:

git remote add origin [email protected]:brianscottk/blog.git


git push -u origin master

I received the following error message:

fatal: refs not found: did you run git update-server-info on the server?

Googling that error led me to this article, which prompted me to upgrade, and here I am.

8/11/2020 7:10:16 AM

First, check your git version by using this command

git version

Then follow the case according to your git version

Three cases:

  1. If your git version is 2.14.1 or earlier:

    Uninstall the git, download the latest git, and install it again.

  2. And versions between 2.14.2 and 2.16.1:

    Use command git update

  3. If the version is equal to or greater than Git 2.16.1(2):

    Use command git update-git-for-windows


Update (26SEP2016): It is no longer needed to uninstall your previous version of git to upgraded it to the latest; the installer package found at git win download site takes care of all. Just follow the prompts. For additional information follow instructions at installing and upgrading git.


Just give the following command with your command prompt.

git update-git-for-windows

This will ask you a confirmation as follows. Press Y to proceed.

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Once the files are dowloaded, Continue with normal installation procedures. You can check the git version after finishing installation with the following command

git version

For me, the result was as follows.

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Git Bash

Note, if you are instead looking to find out what version of Git Bash you are running, or want to see if you need to update Git Bash, it is part of Git for Windows.

So your Git Bash version is:

git --version

git version

Note that it is technically different from Bash. On my same machine when I run:



Git for Windows installer

To update to the latest version of Git and Git Bash, you can download and install the latest version of git for Windows. As per FAQ, settings/customizations should be preserved if they were installed in the appropriate configuration folders.

Note: Their installer is actually intelligently designed to do the right thing (except for telling you that it's doing the right thing automatically). If you are doing an update, then every screen on the installer is pre-marked with the settings from your current (soon to be previous) install.

It is not showing you generic default settings. You do not need to look any of them up, or fear for breaking your carefully honed setup. Just leave everything as is, to retain your previous choices.

In fact, they made it even easier (if only it was clear that they did so).
There is a checkbox at the bottom [] Show only new settings (I don't remember the exact wording). Since nothing on the first screen changes when you mark the box, it is not exactly obvious what it is for. If you mark the box, then all of your current settings will be retained, and it will skip showing those subsequent settings screens to you. Only screens with newly introduced settings will be shown.

git update-git-for-windows

Alternatively, as others have noted, you can also update Git Bash and Git (by definition, both are always updated at the same time) from the Git Bash command line, via:

git update-git-for-windows  

If you type git update, git kindly reminds you that the command has been updated to git update-git-for-windows:

Warning! git update has been deprecated;
Please use git update-git-for-windows instead.
Git for Windows (64bit)
Up to date


Using the command "where git" find out how command prompt picks up the version. Once you have the path, you can go ahead and uninstall / delete previous version completely. Then if you install and make sure the new installed location is in the path, it should just work fine.

Using git-friendly tools like cmder will make your life much easier. You don't really have to use dual boot or cygwin anymore since the support for git in windows is already top-notch now. (Git for windows installs msysgit which includes all necessary unix tools from MinGW. MinGW has been there for a while and is pretty stable. If you want you can install the full version of msysgit rather than Git for Windows. msysgit is available on Git for windows page at the bottom.)