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Keeping your Git installation up to date is essential, as it gives you all the latest features, improvements, bug fixes, and more. Here’s how to check which Git you’re currently using, and how to update it to the latest version.

Check Which Version of Git You’re Using

The command to check which version of Git you’re using is the same on both Windows and Mac. To check your Git version, open Command Prompt (Windows)Terminal (Mac), or the Linux terminal.

Once open, run this command:

git --version

Run the command to check your version of Git.

The Git version you’re currently using will be returned.

Your Git version.

Now that you know which version of Git you’re using, you can decide if you want to update it or not.

How to Update Git on Windows

The command you use to update Git on Windows depends on which version of Git you’re currently using. If you’re using any version from 2.14.2 to 2.16.1, then run this command in Command Prompt:

git update

If you’re using any version after 2.16.1, then you’ll need to run this command instead:

git update-git-for-windows

Regardless of which command you need to use, your Git version will update or you’ll get a message saying you’re up to date if you’re already using the latest version.

The command to update Git on Windows and the success message.

If you’re using a version older than 2.14.2, then you’ll need to get the latest installer from the download portal and update your Git version the same way as when you installed Git for the first time.

How to Update Git on Mac

You can update Git from Terminal on Mac using Homebrew, a popular package manager for Mac. It’s likely you already have Homebrew installed if you’re using Git on your Mac, but if not, you can install Homebrew by running this command and then following the instructions in Terminal:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

With Homebrew installed, run this command from Terminal to update Git:

brew upgrade git

Command to update Git on Mac.

If you aren’t using the latest version of Homebrew, then Homebrew will update first. Once finished, Git will update.

Alternatively, you can go to Git’s download portal and get the latest installer.

How to Update Git on Linux

If you’re running Git on Linux, Git will automatically update whenever you apply a system update. If you’re not sure how to do this, check out our guides to updating Ubuntu and updating Arch Linux.

There are so many cool things you can do with Git, like installing software or cloning a GitHub repo to work on a project. Keeping Git up to date will ensure you always have the latest features Git has to offer.

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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