When I open Git Bash on Windows 7, the default directory is /. It has *nix-style subdirectories, and cd .. doesn't change the directory. Where is this directory on my Windows machine?

The directory C:\Program Files\Git\ has similar contents, except that / has a proc subdirectory, and C:\Program Files\Git\ doesn't.

I put dir /s /a git-bash.exe in cmd.exe, and it only came up with the git-bash.exe in C:\Program Files\Git, no other one (such as the one in /).

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    Try running mount in the the bash shell. – DavidPostill Mar 26 '17 at 17:54
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    @LazyBadger OK so according to Git Bash Properties (I right-clicked on Git Bash), it starts in C:\Program Files\Git\ . This still doesn't answer why / has a proc subdirectory and C:\Program Files\Git\ doesn't. Do you know? – Joshua Meyers Mar 27 '17 at 5:05
  • @DavidPostill Thanks, this also corroborates this. mount gives the line: C:/Program Files/Git on / type ntfs (binary,noacl,auto). But why does / have a proc subdirectory that C:\Program FIles\Git\ doesn't have then? – Joshua Meyers Mar 27 '17 at 5:08
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    Again: tldp.org/LDP/Linux-Filesystem-Hierarchy/html/proc.html "/proc is very special in that it is also a virtual filesystem. It's sometimes referred to as a process information pseudo-file system. It doesn't contain 'real' files but runtime system information (e.g. system memory, devices mounted, hardware configuration, etc)." – Lazy Badger Mar 27 '17 at 8:39

In Git Bash, open Windows Explorer with this command:

explorer .

You will then see your current directory in the explorer address bar

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    excellent answer : simple and actually works for any folder. With this I discovered that /tmp was mounted for c:/users/[my winuser]/[local app data folder]/temp – Pacopaco Jun 12 '19 at 7:48

You can run cmd from the current directory in Git Bash. That will start a windows cmd shell, which will show the windows path in the command prompt. Then type exit to return to Git Bash.

For example:

$ cmd
Microsoft Windows ...

C:\Program Files\Git>

(This is also a quick way to convert unix path to windows path.)

  • Do you have advice on the opposite conversion? I.e. I am having trouble navigating to some of the standard Windows paths on the Linux prompt (e.g. how do I cd to C:\Program Files ?) – Ben Farmer Oct 29 '20 at 2:59

cd / && pwd -W | sed 's/\//\\/g'

$ echo "$(cd / && pwd -W | sed 's/\//\\/g')"


Changing directory to root directory '/' will take you to where git was installed. The conventional "$PWD" variable won't provide much help as it says '/' too. To get the true working directory, the command pwd followed by the -W argument is required

-W print the Win32 value of the physical directory

This alone will print the correct and full directory, however it uses the Unix '/' separator between directories which Windows may not use system-wide, so the sed command edits the '/'s to '\'s


Thank @GaryBarrett for his/her nice hint.

In git-bash:

cd /bin
start .

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