MSysGit installs a context menu item that opens a Git Bash prompt at the currently selected folder; however, this opens a cmd.exe window and I would like it to open in Console2 instead.

What modifications do I need to make to get this working?

Note, I have seen this related question, but the answer is outdated - MSysGit is now using a vba script to invoke the bash prompt. Plus it doesn't explicity state how to get things working with Console2.

Update: you may be interested in doing the same with ConEmu, a rather excellent successor to Console. See here: Git Bash Here in ConEmu

4 Answers 4


Here's what I did (your paths with almost certainly vary):

  1. Create a new tab in Console with the following values:
    • Title: Git Bash
    • Icon: C:\Program Files\Git\etc\git.ico
    • Shell "C:\Program Files\Git\bin\sh.exe" --login -i
    • Startup dir: %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%
  2. Create a new key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\ called git_shell2 with a data value of Git Console Here
  3. Create a new key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\git_shell2\ called command with a data value of "C:\Users\charlesr\My Dropbox\Software\Console2\Console.exe" -t "Git Bash" -d "%1"

This does the trick.

Instead of doing steps 2 and 3 above, you could just copy the following into a .reg file (modify the paths to suit your own config first) then import into the registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Git Console Here"

@="\"C:\\Users\\charlesr\\My Dropbox\\Software\\Console2\\Console.exe\" -t \"Git Bash\" -d \"%1\""
  • Just a note for others that find this later, make sure you are using the 32-bit version of Console2 or this will fail.
    – coderanger
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 2:35
  • Note that in the latest msysgit the icon is now in C:\msysgit\share\resources\git.ico Commented Jan 15, 2011 at 16:32
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    Thanks Charles, but why run steps 2 and 3? It works fine just doing step 1, not sure why the need to change the repository settings? Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 18:11
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    Very neat. Note you can also add context menu when clicking in the "background" of a folder (the white part, not on an icon) gist.github.com/4048138
    – Ozh
    Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 17:58
  • I've been using this setup for a while, but it seems to have the unfortunate limitation of not being able to execute .bat scripts (without switching to a different tab, running plain Cmd.exe). Has anyone any insights on this?
    – Eoin
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 15:44

The vba script just launches the Git Bash shortcut in the same directory; just change that shortcut to make it point at Console2's executable and configure Console2 so that it uses MSysGit's sh as its shell.


Going into more details as I just needed to do it again on a new computer:

  • Configuring Console2

    1. added a new tab called "git"
    2. set the icon to C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\etc\git.ico
    3. set the shell to C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\bin\sh.exe --login -i
  • Tweaking Git Bash's shortcut

    1. change the shortcut target to C:\Tools\Console2\Console.exe -t git -d . (well where your Console2 binary is located)
    2. enjoy your new "Git Bash Here" launching Console2!

The trick is the "-d ." option passed to Console2: the Git Bash.vbs script changes the current directory to the point pointed by the mouse before launching the shortcut.

Hope that helps.


In case anyone stumbles upon this wanting to use MinGW Bash I found a solution for that.

  1. Console2, Edit, Settings, Tabs, Add
  2. Title = Bash
  3. Shell = C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\bin\sh.exe -l
  4. Edit registry

    ni hklm:software/classes/directory/shell/bash/command `
      -f -va 'c:/Console2/Console.exe -t Bash -d %v'
  5. Create ~/.profile with the following:

    cd -

cd Man Page

This works with 64-bit and 32-bit Console2, not sure what coderanger was on about.

  • There are several problems with this command that causes the console to return an error. First, HKCR\...\command should not be enclosed with quotes. Next, I believe by \-d you mean to pass the /d parameter to specify the data for the new registry entry. Also, you need double quotes around the data value and the -t parameter causes Console.exe not to open at all, so exclude that. It should look like this: reg add HKCR\Directory\shell\Bash\command /d "C:\Console2\Console.exe -d \"%V\"" Commented Sep 12, 2012 at 21:41
  • It is obvious from your comments that you are still using cmd.exe, as Bash allows use of single and double quotes for strings. You should consider upgrading to Bash.
    – Zombo
    Commented Sep 12, 2012 at 22:06

Assuming you have a Console2 tab named 'bash':

@="Bash here (Console2)"

@="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Console2\\Console.exe\" -t Bash -d \"%V\"\\"

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