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Storage location for global .gitconfig

RedX2501 November 19, 2013

Where is the global .gitconfig stored for each OS?

Linux: ~/.gitconfig

Mac: ~/.gitconfig

Windows: ????

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Jeff Thomas
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November 20, 2013

Windows will store it in $HOMEDRIVE$HOMEPATH\.gitconfig

Which, depending on how things are mapped will likely be your %USERPROFILE%, or C:\Users\MyLogin\.gitconfig on Windows 7.

You can check where Git has it located by using the command below, it will open up the file in your default editor.

git config --global --edit

RedX2501 November 20, 2013

Thanks. Just for completeness: The command-line is the button named `Terminal`. In the windows console its %homedrive%%homepath%.

Kyle Mitofsky October 21, 2015

When executing that I get the following error "error: cannot spawn gitpad: no such file or directory. error: unable to start editor 'gitpad'

Kyle Mitofsky October 21, 2015

Turns out I needed to update the global core.editor (http://stackoverflow.com/a/773973/1366033) using `git config core.editor notepad`

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Jeff Thomas
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
November 19, 2013

Windows will store it in %USERPROFILE%\.gitignore

You can check where Git is set to look for the global ignore file with:

git config --get core.excludesfile

You can also set the global ignore with:

git config --global core.excludesfile "%USERPROFILE%\.gitignore"
RedX2501 November 20, 2013

I don't mean .gitignore but .gitconfig where things like core.autocrlf and similar are stored.

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