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Git Bash is an application that provides Git command line experience on the Operating System. It is a command-line shell for enabling git with the command line in the system. A shell is a terminal application used to interface with an operating system through written commands. Git Bash is a package that installs Bash, some common bash utilities, and Git on a Windows operating system. In Git Bash the user interacts with the repository and git elements through the commands.

What is Git?

  • Git is version-control system for tracking changes in source code during software development.
  • It is designed for coordinating work among programmers, but it can be used to track changes in any set of files.
  • Its goal is to increase efficiency, speed and easily manage large projects through version controlling.
  • Every git working directory is a full-fledged repository with complete history and full version-tracking capabilities, independent of network access or a central server.
  • Git helps the team cope up with the confusion that tends to happen when multiple people are editing the same files.

Installing Git Bash

Follow the steps given below to install Git Bash on Windows: Step 1: The .exe file installer for Git Bash can be downloaded from Once downloaded execute that installer, following window will occur:- Step 2: Select the components that you need to install and click on the Next button. Step 3: Select how to use the Git from command-line and click on Next to begin the installation process. Step 4: Let the installation process finish to begin using Git Bash. To open Git Bash navigate to the folder where you have installed the git otherwise just simply search in your OS for git bash.

Navigate in Git Bash

cd command

cd command refers to change directory and is used to get into the desired directory. To navigate between the folders the cd command is used Syntax:

cd folder_name

ls command

ls command is used to list all the files and folders in the current directory. Syntax:


Set your global username/email configuration

Open Git Bash and begin creating a username and email for working on Git Bash. Set your username:

git config --global "FIRST_NAME LAST_NAME"

Set your email address:

git config --global ""

Initializing a Local repository

Follow the steps given below to initialize your Local Repository with Git: Step 1: Make a repository on Github Step 2: Give a suitable name of your repository and create the repository Note: You can choose to initialize your git repository with a README file, and further, you can mention your project details in it. It helps people know what this repository is about. However, it’s absolutely not necessary. But if you do initialize your repo with a README file using interface provided by GitHub, then your local repository won’t have this README file. So to avoid running into a snag while trying to push your files (as in step 3 of next section), after step 5 (where you initialize your local folder as your git repository), do following to pull that file to your local folder:

git pull 

Step 3: The following will appear after creating the repository Step 4: Open Git Bash and change the current working directory to your local project by use of cd command. Step 5: Initialize the local directory as a Git repository.

 git init 

Step 6: Stage the files for the first commit by adding them to the local repository

git add .

Step 7: By “git status” you can see the staged files Step 8: Commit the files that you’ve staged in your local repository.

git commit -m "First commit"

Now After “git status” command it can be seen that nothing to commit is left, Hence all files have been committed.

Push files to your Git repository

Step 1: Go to Github repository and in code section copy the URL. Step 2: In the Command prompt, add the URL for your repository where your local repository will be pushed.

git remote add origin repository_URL

Step 3: Push the changes in your local repository to GitHub.

git push origin master

Here the files have been pushed to the master branch of your repository. Now in the GitHub repository, the pushed files can be seen.

Saving changes to local repository

Suppose the files are being changed and new files are added to local repository. To save the changes in the git repository: Step 1: Changes have to be staged for the commit.

git add .


git add file_name

Step 2: Now commit the staged files.

git commit -m "commit_name"

Step 3: Push the changes.

git push origin master

New changes can be seen

Branching through Git Bash

Branching in Github

Suppose if a team is working on a project and a branch is created for every member working on the project. Hence every member will work on their branches hence every time the best branch is merged to the master branch of the project. The branches make it version controlling system and makes it very easy to maintain a project source code. Syntax:

  • List all of the branches in your repository.
git branch
  • Create a new branch
git branch branch_name
  • Safe Delete the specified branch
git branch -d branch_name
  • Force delete the specified branch
git branch -D branch_name

Navigating between Branches

To navigate between the branches git checkout is used. To create create a new branch and switch on it:

git checkout -b new_branch_name

To simply switch to a branch

git checkout branch_name

After checkout to branch you can see a * on the current branch Now the same commit add and commit actions can be performed on this branch also.

Merge any two branches

To merge a branch in any branch:

  • First reach to the target branch
git checkout branch_name
  • Merge the branch to target branch
git merge new_branch

Cloning Repository to system

Cloning is used to get a copy of the existing git repository. When you run the git clone command it makes the zip folder saved in your default location

git clone url

This command saves the directory as the default directory name of the git repository To save directory name as your custom name an additional argument is to be passed for your custom name of directory

git clone url custom_name

Undoing commits

When there is a situation when you forget to add some files to commit and want to undo any commit, it can be commit again using –amend Syntax:

git commit --amend


  • To conclude it can be said that git bash is a command line platform which helps in enabling git and its elements in your system.
  • There are a bunch of commands which are used in git bash.
  • Git Bash is very easy to use and makes it easy to work on repositories and projects.

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Last Updated : 17 Nov, 2022
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