How to install Git using Chocolatey on Windows 10/8/7

As we all know Git is an open source and free distributed version control system which is easy to learn and lightweight. Git is developed to efficiently host and handle small to very large projects but at fast speed. 

What is Git?

Git is a version control tool for Linux kernel development. Unlike the common version control tools CVS, Subversion, etc., it uses a distributed repository, without server-side software support making the source code release and communication extremely convenient. Git is fast, which is natural for big projects like the Linux kernel. The best thing about Git is its merge tracing capabilities.

In fact, when the kernel development team decided to start developing and using Git as a version control system for kernel development, the world’s open source community has many objections. The biggest reason is that Git is too difficult to understand, from the internal working mechanism of Git. This is indeed the case. But with the depth of development, Git’s normal use is performed by some friendly script commands, making Git very easy to use. Even for managing our own development projects, Git is a friendly and powerful tool. Now, more and more famous projects use Git to manage project development.

As an open source free fundamentalism project, Git does not have any permission restrictions on the browsing and modification of the repository.

At present, GIT can be used under Windows. There are two main methods: Msysgit and Cygwin. Cygwin and Linux are used in a similar way. The Windows version of GIT provides a friendly GUI (graphical interface), which can be used very quickly after installation.

The biggest difference between distributed and the centralized version-control system is that distributed doesn’t work on client and server architecture, in lieu of that it comprised all the computer network and each node has a full-fledged repository that developers can submit to the locally; each developer copies a complete Git repository on the local machine by cloning.

It outclasses SCM tools like Subversion, CVS, Perforce, and ClearCase has features like cheap local branching, convenient staging areas, and multiple workflows.

Here we will show you how to install Git on Windows 10 using Chocolatey:

Step 1: Install Chocolatey

If you don’t have Chocolatey on your Windows 10/8/7 here is the tutorial on that to install it step by step either using Command Prompt or Windows Power Shell: Install Chocolatey package manager on Windows 10/8/7

Step 2: Run PowerShell

After installing Chocolatey you can use either Command Prompt or PowerShell to access it. Here we are using the Powershell. For that just right click on Windows 10 button and select Windows Power Shell (admin) or search it using the Windows Search.

Step 4: Install Chocolatey Git

The Git is available as Chocolatey packages under and approved as a trusted package. To install git packages type the below command:

choco install git.install

Chocolately install Git on Windows 10-8-7

Ways to access Git on Windows 

Use the Git Bash on Windows 10/8/7

Now, again go to Windows search and type Git, the Git bash option will appear, click to open it.

Run Git bash app on Windows 10 administrator

Once it gets opened, start creating your project files…

Start creating file in Git on Windows


Git GUI via Chocolatey

Not only the Git Bash that is command line tool, the Graphical user interface GUI for Git on Windows will also have been installed using the above installation command.  To access it just type Git in Windows search and instead of selecting Git Bash, select Git GUI.

GIT GUI on WIndows installed via Chocolatey

Git Shell Integration on Windows

Beside accessing Git Bash and Git GUI from Windows Applications, we can directly use any of them directly by clicking on any folder in Windows Explorer. This will open that folder as directory directly in the Git.

Git Shell integration

How to upgrade Git on Chocolatey

In future to check and upgrade Git packages using Chocolatey, here is the single line command that you need to use:

choco upgrade git.install

For more information about Chocolatey Git packages here is the link to the official page.


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