Git for Windows: how to apply changes in PATH without reboot?



Git for Windows: How to Apply Changes in PATH Without Reboot

For IT administrators and developers, having a reliable way to manage source code is important. One of the most popular tools for this task is Git for Windows. It provides a powerful set of features for managing source code, including version control, branching and merging, and code review. However, when you install Git for Windows, it adds the path to the Git executable to the system’s PATH environment variable, which is used to determine the locations of programs and other resources. This can cause problems if you need to make changes to the PATH but don’t want to reboot the system.

Fortunately, there are a few methods you can use to update the PATH environment variable without restarting the computer. The first method is to use the setx command. This command is a part of the Windows Command Line and allows you to set or change environment variables. To use it, open a Command Prompt window and type the following command:

setx PATH \%PATH%;C:\\Program Files\\Git\\bin\

This command adds the path to the Git executable to the system’s PATH environment variable. You can also use the set command to change an existing environment variable without restarting the computer. To do this, open a Command Prompt window and type the following command:

set PATH=%PATH%;C:\\Program Files\\Git\\bin

This command adds the path to the Git executable to the system’s PATH environment variable. However, this change will only last until you close the Command Prompt window.

The other method you can use to update the PATH environment variable without restarting the computer is to use the Environment Variables dialog box. To open this dialog box, open the Control Panel, select System and Security, and then select System. In the System window, select Advanced System Settings, and then select Environment Variables. In the Environment Variables dialog box, select the PATH variable, and then click Edit. In the Edit System Variable dialog box, add the path to the Git executable to the end of the Variable value field, and then click OK.

These two methods can be used to update the PATH environment variable without restarting the computer. This can be useful if you need to make changes to the PATH but don’t want to reboot the system. Of course, if you do need to reboot the system, you can always use the setx and set commands to update the PATH environment variable after the reboot.

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