git-repo-config [--global] [type] name [value [value_regex]] git-repo-config [--global] [type] --replace-all name [value [value_regex]] git-repo-config [--global] [type] --get name [value_regex] git-repo-config [--global] [type] --get-all name [value_regex] git-repo-config [--global] [type] --unset name [value_regex] git-repo-config [--global] [type] --unset-all name [value_regex] git-repo-config [--global] -l | --list


You can query/set/replace/unset options with this command. The name is actually the section and the key separated by a dot, and the value will be escaped.

If you want to set/unset an option which can occur on multiple lines, a POSIX regexp value_regex needs to be given. Only the existing values that match the regexp are updated or unset. If you want to handle the lines that do not match the regex, just prepend a single exclamation mark in front (see EXAMPLES).

The type specifier can be either --int or --bool, which will make git-repo-config ensure that the variable(s) are of the given type and convert the value to the canonical form (simple decimal number for int, a "true" or "false" string for bool). If no type specifier is passed, no checks or transformations are performed on the value.

This command will fail if:

  1. The .git/config file is invalid,

  2. Can not write to .git/config,

  3. no section was provided,

  4. the section or key is invalid,

  5. you try to unset an option which does not exist,

  6. you try to unset/set an option for which multiple lines match, or

  7. you use --global option without $HOME being properly set.



Default behavior is to replace at most one line. This replaces all lines matching the key (and optionally the value_regex).


Get the value for a given key (optionally filtered by a regex matching the value). Returns error code 1 if the key was not found and error code 2 if multiple key values were found.


Like get, but does not fail if the number of values for the key is not exactly one.


Like --get-all, but interprets the name as a regular expression.


Use global ~/.gitconfig file rather than the repository .git/config.


Remove the line matching the key from config file.


Remove all matching lines from config file.

-l, --list

List all variables set in config file.


git-repo-config will ensure that the output is "true" or "false"


git-repo-config will ensure that the output is a simple decimal number



Take the configuration from the given file instead of .git/config. Using the "--global" option forces this to ~/.gitconfig.


Currently the same as $GIT_CONFIG; when Git will support global configuration files, this will cause it to take the configuration from the global configuration file in addition to the given file.


Given a .git/config like this:

# This is the config file, and
# a '#' or ';' character indicates
# a comment
; core variables
        ; Don't trust file modes
        filemode = false
; Our diff algorithm
        external = "/usr/local/bin/gnu-diff -u"
        renames = true
; Proxy settings
        gitproxy="ssh" for "ssh://"
        gitproxy="proxy-command" for
        gitproxy="myprotocol-command" for "my://"
        gitproxy=default-proxy ; for all the rest

you can set the filemode to true with

% git repo-config core.filemode true

The hypothetical proxy command entries actually have a postfix to discern what URL they apply to. Here is how to change the entry for to "ssh".

% git repo-config core.gitproxy '"ssh" for' 'for$'

This makes sure that only the key/value pair for is replaced.

To delete the entry for renames, do

% git repo-config --unset diff.renames

If you want to delete an entry for a multivar (like core.gitproxy above), you have to provide a regex matching the value of exactly one line.

To query the value for a given key, do

% git repo-config --get core.filemode


% git repo-config core.filemode

or, to query a multivar:

% git repo-config --get core.gitproxy "for$"

If you want to know all the values for a multivar, do:

% git repo-config --get-all core.gitproxy

If you like to live dangerous, you can replace all core.gitproxy by a new one with

% git repo-config --replace-all core.gitproxy ssh

However, if you really only want to replace the line for the default proxy, i.e. the one without a "for …" postfix, do something like this:

% git repo-config core.gitproxy ssh '! for '

To actually match only values with an exclamation mark, you have to

% git repo-config section.key value '[!]'


The git configuration file contains a number of variables that affect the git command’s behavior. They can be used by both the git plumbing and the porcelains. The variables are divided into sections, where in the fully qualified variable name the variable itself is the last dot-separated segment and the section name is everything before the last dot. The variable names are case-insensitive and only alphanumeric characters are allowed. Some variables may appear multiple times.

The syntax is fairly flexible and permissive; whitespaces are mostly ignored. The # and ; characters begin comments to the end of line, blank lines are ignored, lines containing strings enclosed in square brackets start sections and all the other lines are recognized as setting variables, in the form name = value. If there is no equal sign on the line, the entire line is taken as name and the variable is recognized as boolean "true". String values may be entirely or partially enclosed in double quotes; some variables may require special value format.


# Core variables
        ; Don't trust file modes
        filemode = false
# Our diff algorithm
        external = "/usr/local/bin/gnu-diff -u"
        renames = true


Note that this list is non-comprehensive and not necessarily complete. For command-specific variables, you will find a more detailed description in the appropriate manual page. You will find a description of non-core porcelain configuration variables in the respective porcelain documentation.


If false, the executable bit differences between the index and the working copy are ignored; useful on broken filesystems like FAT. See gitlink:git-update-index[1]. True by default.


A "proxy command" to execute (as command host port) instead of establishing direct connection to the remote server when using the git protocol for fetching. If the variable value is in the "COMMAND for DOMAIN" format, the command is applied only on hostnames ending with the specified domain string. This variable may be set multiple times and is matched in the given order; the first match wins.

Can be overridden by the GIT_PROXY_COMMAND environment variable (which always applies universally, without the special "for" handling).


The working copy files are assumed to stay unchanged until you mark them otherwise manually - Git will not detect the file changes by lstat() calls. This is useful on systems where those are very slow, such as Microsoft Windows. See gitlink:git-update-index[1]. False by default.


Instead of the default "symref" format for HEAD and other symbolic reference files, use symbolic links. This is sometimes needed to work with old scripts that expect HEAD to be a symbolic link.


Updates to a ref <ref> is logged to the file "$GIT_DIR/logs/<ref>", by appending the new and old SHA1, the date/time and the reason of the update, but only when the file exists. If this configuration variable is set to true, missing "$GIT_DIR/logs/<ref>" file is automatically created for branch heads.

This information can be used to determine what commit
was the tip of a branch "2 days ago".  This value is
false by default (no automated creation of log files).

Internal variable identifying the repository format and layout version.


When group (or true), the repository is made shareable between several users in a group (making sure all the files and objects are group-writable). When all (or world or everybody), the repository will be readable by all users, additionally to being group-shareable. When umask (or false), git will use permissions reported by umask(2). See gitlink:git-init-db[1]. False by default.


If true, git will warn you if the ref name you passed it is ambiguous and might match multiple refs in the .git/refs/ tree. True by default.


An integer -1..9, indicating the compression level for objects that are not in a pack file. -1 is the zlib and git default. 0 means no compression, and 1..9 are various speed/size tradeoffs, 9 being slowest.


A boolean which enables the legacy object header format in case you want to interoperate with old clients accessing the object database directly (where the "http://" and "rsync://" protocols count as direct access).


Command aliases for the gitlink:git[1] command wrapper - e.g. after defining "alias.last = cat-file commit HEAD", the invocation "git last" is equivalent to "git cat-file commit HEAD". To avoid confusion and troubles with script usage, aliases that hide existing git commands are ignored. Arguments are split by spaces, the usual shell quoting and escaping is supported. quote pair and a backslash can be used to quote them.


Tells git-apply how to handle whitespaces, in the same way as the --whitespace option. See gitlink:git-apply[1].


When in branch <name>, it tells git fetch which remote to fetch.


When in branch <name>, it tells git fetch the default remote branch to be merged.


A boolean to enable/disable colored output when the pager is in use (default is true).


When true (or always), always use colors in patch. When false (or never), never. When set to auto, use colors only when the output is to the terminal.


Use customized color for diff colorization. <slot> specifies which part of the patch to use the specified color, and is one of plain (context text), meta (metainformation), frag (hunk header), old (removed lines), or new (added lines). The value for these configuration variables can be one of: normal, bold, dim, ul, blink, reverse, reset, black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, or white.


The number of files to consider when performing the copy/rename detection; equivalent to the git diff option -l.


Tells git to detect renames. If set to any boolean value, it will enable basic rename detection. If set to "copies" or "copy", it will detect copies, as well.


Additional email headers to include in a patch to be submitted by mail. See gitlink:git-format-patch[1].


Whether the cvs pserver interface is enabled for this repository. See gitlink:git-cvsserver[1].


Path to a log file where the cvs pserver interface well… logs various stuff. See gitlink:git-cvsserver[1].


Whether to verify the SSL certificate when fetching or pushing over HTTPS. Can be overridden by the GIT_SSL_NO_VERIFY environment variable.


File containing the SSL certificate when fetching or pushing over HTTPS. Can be overridden by the GIT_SSL_CERT environment variable.


File containing the SSL private key when fetching or pushing over HTTPS. Can be overridden by the GIT_SSL_KEY environment variable.


File containing the certificates to verify the peer with when fetching or pushing over HTTPS. Can be overridden by the GIT_SSL_CAINFO environment variable.


Path containing files with the CA certificates to verify the peer with when fetching or pushing over HTTPS. Can be overridden by the GIT_SSL_CAPATH environment variable.


How many HTTP requests to launch in parallel. Can be overridden by the GIT_HTTP_MAX_REQUESTS environment variable. Default is 5.

http.lowSpeedLimit, http.lowSpeedTime

If the HTTP transfer speed is less than http.lowSpeedLimit for longer than http.lowSpeedTime seconds, the transfer is aborted. Can be overridden by the GIT_HTTP_LOW_SPEED_LIMIT and GIT_HTTP_LOW_SPEED_TIME environment variables.


A boolean which disables using of EPSV ftp command by curl. This can helpful with some "poor" ftp servers which doesn’t support EPSV mode. Can be overridden by the GIT_CURL_FTP_NO_EPSV environment variable. Default is false (curl will use EPSV).


Character encoding the commit messages are stored in; git itself does not care per se, but this information is necessary e.g. when importing commits from emails or in the gitk graphical history browser (and possibly at other places in the future or in other porcelains). See e.g. gitlink:git-mailinfo[1]. Defaults to utf-8.


Whether to include summaries of merged commits in newly created merge commit messages. False by default.


The size of the window used by gitlink:git-pack-objects[1] when no window size is given on the command line. Defaults to 10.


The default merge strategy to use when pulling multiple branches at once.


The default merge strategy to use when pulling a single branch.


The URL of a remote repository. See gitlink:git-fetch[1] or gitlink:git-push[1].


The default set of "refspec" for gitlink:git-fetch[1]. See gitlink:git-fetch[1].


The default set of "refspec" for gitlink:git-push[1]. See gitlink:git-push[1].


Allow gitlink:git-repack[1] to create packs that uses delta-base offset. Defaults to false.


The default gitlink:git-diff-tree[1] arguments to be used for gitlink:git-show[1].


The default set of branches for gitlink:git-show-branch[1]. See gitlink:git-show-branch[1].


A boolean to enable/disable color in the output of gitlink:git-status[1]. May be set to true (or always), false (or never) or auto, in which case colors are used only when the output is to a terminal. Defaults to false.


Use customized color for status colorization. <slot> is one of header (the header text of the status message), updated (files which are updated but not committed), changed (files which are changed but not updated in the index), or untracked (files which are not tracked by git). The values of these variables may be specified as in diff.color.<slot>.


By default, gitlink:git-tar-tree[1] sets file and directories modes to 0666 or 0777. While this is both useful and acceptable for projects such as the Linux Kernel, it might be excessive for other projects. With this variable, it becomes possible to tell gitlink:git-tar-tree[1] to apply a specific umask to the modes above. The special value "user" indicates that the user’s current umask will be used. This should be enough for most projects, as it will lead to the same permissions as gitlink:git-checkout[1] would use. The default value remains 0, which means world read-write.

Your email address to be recorded in any newly created commits. Can be overridden by the GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL and GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL environment variables. See gitlink:git-commit-tree[1].

Your full name to be recorded in any newly created commits. Can be overridden by the GIT_AUTHOR_NAME and GIT_COMMITTER_NAME environment variables. See gitlink:git-commit-tree[1].


The default gitlink:git-diff-tree[1] arguments to be used for gitlink:git-whatchanged[1].


The configuration variables in the imap section are described in gitlink:git-imap-send[1].


If the number of objects received in a push is below this limit then the objects will be unpacked into loose object files. However if the number of received objects equals or exceeds this limit then the received pack will be stored as a pack, after adding any missing delta bases. Storing the pack from a push can make the push operation complete faster, especially on slow filesystems.


If set to true, git-receive-pack will deny a ref update which is not a fast forward. Use this to prevent such an update via a push, even if that push is forced. This configuration variable is set when initializing a shared repository.


Written by Johannes Schindelin <>


Documentation by Johannes Schindelin, Petr Baudis and the git-list <>.


Part of the gitlink:git[7] suite