How to configure git without access to HOMEPATH

Ok, so this is weird. I don’t have access to save in my HOMEPATH directory. What can I say: not the most natural place not to be able to save, but nonetheless that’s the case (I have access to save in all subfolder, but still). Anyway since HOMEPATH is the default place to save global git configuration files this is a bit awkward.

Git comes with default settings (stored in the installation path) and since I have permission to write there that makes it possible to still solve the the global configuration problem.

Translating git config --global commands to lines in gitconfig

Typically configuring git is done with the git config --global (if it’s a global git setting anyway.). The setting in then saved to your HOMEPATH


git config --global "Ada Lovelace"

will write this:

[user] name = "Ada Lovelace"

to the gitconfig file.

I would normally configure the following things (on Windows):

git config --global "status"
git config --global "checkout"
git config --global "commit"
git config --global alias.lg "log --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr)%Creset' --abbrev-commit --date=relative"
git config --global "Ada Lovelace"
git config --global ""
git config --global push.default "matching"
git config --global credential.helper "winstore"

which translates to:

[alias] st = status co = checkout ci = commit lg = log --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr)%Creset' --abbrev-commit --date=relative [user] name = "Ada Lovelace" email = "" [push] default = matching [credential] helper = winstore

in the gitconfig file.

Please note that you should only use the last configuration if you actually install git-credential-winstore (which I recommend if you are on windows).


Directly edit the gitconfig file in the <install path>/Git/etc/ folder (typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\etc on Windows).