IntelliJ IDEA 18 set up git Linux/Ubuntu

IntelliJ IDEA 18 set up git Linux/Ubuntu

In this post:

  • Version control and IntelliJ IDEA 18
  • setup git for windows
    • portable
    • installation
  • install git for linux
  • Setup proxy and Git
  • error: intellij cannot run program git
  • Reference

Version control and IntelliJ IDEA 18

In Intellij the git configurations are located in:

  • File
  • Settings - CTRL+ALT+S
  • Version Control
  • Git
  • Path to Git excetuable

All version control operations like:

  • commit
  • pull
  • push
  • remote

are located in main menu - VCS

For example checking for remotes - linked projects with git can be found:

  • VCS
  • Git
  • Remotes

You can change, delete or add you remotes from the openned dialog.

If you work with Version Control you will want to show tool bar Version control by:

  • ALT+9
  • or from menu:
    • View
    • Tool Windows
    • Version Control

setup git for windows

Using portable git

If you want to use portable git for Windows and Intellij IDEA then you can download: Git Portable

It is a portable version of Git for Windows.

You can installed it by:

  1. Download the GitPortable directory from the link above
  2. Download PortableGit-*.7z.exe from the Git for Windows repository - for example - PortableGit-2.17.0-64-bit.7z.exe
  3. extract PortableGit-2.17.0-64-bit.7z.exe to the GitPortable\App\Git directory.
  4. Setup the path in Intellij



to Intellij - Path to Git excetuable

Install git for windows

  1. Download the Git for Windows installer from: Git for Windows
  2. Started the installer
  3. Git Setup wizard screen
  4. Follow the instructions(if you are new you can use the default options).
  5. Open a Command Prompt / Git Bash
  6. Configure git username and mail by
git config --global "My name"
git config --global ""

replace "My name" and "" with your values which will be associated as git account values.

install git for linux

Adding git to Ubuntu and Linux Mint is really easy just by a single command:

sudo apt install git

Default installation on Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 18 is:


Setup proxy and Git

Setup by command

The easiest ay too add proxy to your git configuration is by:

git config --global http.proxy
  • proxyuser - proxy user ( you can check the proxy configuration Windows 10 - Settings/Network & Internet/Proxy or ubuntu - System/Preferences/Network Proxy)
  • proxypwd - proxy password
  • - proxy server
  • 8080 - proxy port

Disable git proxy by

git config --global --unset http.proxy


git config --global --get http.proxy

Setup by file

If the command line is not your favorite way of working, you can just edit .gitconfig

  • For Windows - check %userprofile% variable - the root of your profile - open it by: notepad %userprofile%.gitconfig in command prompt.
  • For Linux /home/user - you can access it by:
    • bash sudo nano ~/.gitconfig

and add this line:

proxy =

Cannot run program "git.exe": CreateProcess error=2, The system cannot find the file specified

If you get error:

Cannot run program "git.exe"

It means that Intellij Cannot find the git program on your machine or the path which is setup is wrong. In this case you can:

  • verify that your machine has working git - run git command in your terminal
git --version

with expected result: git version 2.7.4

  • check the path in your intellij:
  • Settings - CTRL+ALT+S
  • Version Control
  • Git
  • Path to Git executable

In case of Ubuntu you will see:

Auto-detected: /usr/bin/git


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