I've installed Vim and Git to C:\Program Files (x86)\(vim|git) respectively.

When I run Vim from Git Bash, it runs the internal version of Vim that came with the Git installer. Is there a way to override this behavior that doesn't involve changing my .profile or .bashrc or the like so that I can run the version of Vim that I installed in Program Files?


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By default Git runs vim from Git\bin\vim. This is actually a script that contains path to the executable itself:

exec /share/vim/vim73/vim "$@"

Therefore you can edit this file to point to your Git location.

The default editor can be overridden in Git\etc\gitconfig:

editor = path_to_your_editor
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    On the off chance that somebody comes here after 2012-08-17, the path to the gitconfig file on a chocolately git install is c:\program files\git\ningw64\etc\gitconfig
    – THBBFT
    Sep 23, 2016 at 19:30

Assuming that changing content of C:\Program Files (x86)\{vim,git} is possible you have at least these two options depending on value of your %PATH% environment variable:

  1. If you have C:\Program Files (x86)\vim\vim73 in your %PATH% you can just remove vim binary that was installed with Git. For this to work Vim should be run as vim and not by a full path.

  2. You probably have your Program Files (x86) directory on a NTFS volume, so you can remove Vim executable installed by Git and make a symbolic link to real Vim executable.


If your installation of Vim is available on path, open up Powershell console and execute this:

git config --global core.editor "$(Get-Command vim | % { $_.Source -replace '\\','\\\\' })"

It will set your git editor to Vim that is on path.

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    That will work within Git. I was looking for an option that will use the system-installed version of Vim within Git Bash.The accepted answer works best still.
    – matpie
    Jun 28, 2017 at 17:02
  • @sirlancelot i think, I misread your question.
    – bazzilic
    Jun 28, 2017 at 17:13

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