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What is the terminal command to find the version of Git currently installed on my system?

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Yeah, simple - git --version (holds true for most applications)

If you get -bash: git: command not found when you run git --version it means git is not installed or it is not on PATH.

  1. Make sure git is installed.

    • Git is usually installed at /usr/local/git/
    • Make sure there is a binary file where you installed git. If not, install git.
  2. If git is installed, then it is mostly likely not on PATH

    • Find the path where you installed it and do something like this to add it to the path and set in your profile:

      echo 'export PATH=/usr/local/git/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.profile

    • Then make sure you restart terminal before trying to run any git commands

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Beat me by four seconds! Yeah, most terminal commands have a -v or --version flag. – ceejayoz Oct 18 '11 at 3:37
Ok, thats what I thought. When I try that I get "-bash: git: command not found" I know git is installed. Been using it for some time now. I am in my users directory if that matters. – zechdc Oct 18 '11 at 3:38
@ceejayoz, -v usually means "verbose". – rid Oct 18 '11 at 3:38
@zechdc, just install it. – rid Oct 18 '11 at 3:41
@Radu If it has a verbose flag. I see -v as an alias for --version fairly commonly. php -v for example. – ceejayoz Oct 18 '11 at 3:43

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