I wish to install Git on Windows 7. There appears to be two versions. I will be using it in conjunction with Tortoise Git.

An answer on StackOverflow indicated that I should use msysgit if used with Windows. The ProGit book which I purchased also references the old Google link which has been redirected to msysgit. I've installed it, however, later have found that Tortoise Git wiki indicates the latter.

Which software should be installed given my requirements described above?

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    Download the current version located here it should have no problem supporting TortoiseGit. The official Git website is http://git-scm.com/.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 15:56
  • Actually, it was just a tutorial that said to use git-scm. code.google.com/p/tortoisegit/wiki/SetupHowTo also describes msysGit. Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 16:06
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    All I know is that http://git-scm.com/downloads is the official website and has the current Windows binary on it.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 16:23
  • I don't think that is true for the Windows version (it has 1.9.0, while the other link has 1.9.2) Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 0:53
  • 1.9.2 is the current source release. 1.9.0 is the current build release. They have not actually 1.9.2
    – Ramhound
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 3:20

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I personally have installed msysgit with TortoiseGit, and perfectly worked all the time.

It's updated more frequently and and integrates perfectly with TortoiseGit.

EDIT: At 2016 msysgit it is not recomended version anymore in fact now redirects to http://git-scm.com/ , now download Git from https://git-scm.com/download/win

  • Was in installed under C:\Program Files (x86)\Git? Wasn't for me, and all I seem to have is a shell DOS-like interface located at C:\msysgit. Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 16:05
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    That was odd. Just re-downloaded it and now have a more full blown version. Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 16:12
  • you only will get all the GUI when you install tortoiseGit. the GUI application that comes with msysgit sucks a lot.
    – Rafael
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 16:23

Actually, if you follow your second link, it will tell you that you are downloading the most recent maintained build for windows, with a link to msysgit.github.com, which itself redirects to mysgit.github.io.

In the end, both versions are identical.

  • Not for me. It directly downloads 1.9.0 and doesn't take me to another site. What OS are you using when accessing the site? Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 0:56
  • @user1032531 Yes, but while downloading, you get a message telling you what you're downloading. Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 5:41

Newer versions of Git are available from https://github.com/git-for-windows/git/releases which will eventually supersede msysgit.

See https://github.com/git-for-windows/git/wiki/FAQ


msysGit-based Git for Windows 1.x is now superseded by Git for Windows 2.x.

Git for Windows and git-scm both points to same download location for their binary

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