How to View Your Global Git Configuration


By squashlabs, Last Updated: October 27, 2023

How to View Your Global Git Configuration

To view your global Git configuration, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open a Terminal or Command Prompt

Open a terminal or command prompt on your computer. This can typically be done by searching for “Terminal” or “Command Prompt” in your operating system’s search bar.

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Step 2: Run the Git Config Command

In the terminal or command prompt, run the following command to view your global Git configuration:

git config --global --list

This command will display all the configuration settings stored in your global Git configuration file.

Step 3: Review the Output

The output of the git config --global --list command will show you the various settings in your global Git configuration. Each setting is displayed on a separate line, with the setting name followed by the corresponding value.

For example, the output might look like this: Doe

In this example, the configuration includes the user’s name, email address, and preferred text editor.

Step 4: Understand the Configuration Settings

The configuration settings displayed in the output represent various aspects of your Git environment. Here are some common settings you might encounter: This setting specifies the name associated with your Git commits. This setting specifies the email address associated with your Git commits.
core.editor: This setting specifies the text editor Git should use for commit messages and other tasks.
core.autocrlf: This setting controls how Git handles line endings in text files.
color.ui: This setting enables or disables colorized output in Git.

Step 5: Modify Your Global Git Configuration

If you need to modify any of the settings in your global Git configuration, you can use the git config command with the --global flag. For example, to change your email address, you can run the following command:

git config --global

This will update the setting in your global Git configuration file.

Step 6: Additional Options

The git config command provides additional options for managing your Git configuration. Here are a few examples:

– To view the system-wide Git configuration (which applies to all users on your computer), run git config --system --list.
– To view the configuration settings for a specific Git repository, navigate to the repository’s directory in the terminal or command prompt, and run git config --list.

Step 7: Best Practices

When viewing and modifying your global Git configuration, it’s important to keep a few best practices in mind:

– Use meaningful and accurate information for the and settings to ensure proper attribution of your commits.
– Choose a text editor for the core.editor setting that you are comfortable with and that supports the features you need for Git-related tasks.
– Be cautious when modifying system-wide Git configuration settings, as they can affect all users on the computer.

Alternative Method: Using Git GUI

If you prefer using a graphical user interface (GUI) instead of the command line, you can also view your global Git configuration using Git GUI tools like GitKraken or Sourcetree.

These tools typically provide a user-friendly interface for managing Git repositories and configurations. To view your global Git configuration in GitKraken, for example, you can navigate to the settings menu and look for the “Git Config” option.

Using a Git GUI can be particularly helpful for beginners or those who prefer visual interfaces over the command line.