git help [-a|--all|-i|--info|-m|--man|-w|--web] [COMMAND]


With no options and no COMMAND given, the synopsis of the git command and a list of the most commonly used git commands are printed on the standard output.

If the option --all or -a is given, then all available commands are printed on the standard output.

If a git command is named, a manual page for that command is brought up. The man program is used by default for this purpose, but this can be overridden by other options or configuration variables.

Note that git --help … is identical as git help … because the former is internally converted into the latter.



Prints all the available commands on the standard output. This option supersedes any other option.


Use the info program to display the manual page, instead of the man program that is used by default.


Use the man program to display the manual page. This may be used to override a value set in the help.format configuration variable.


Use a web browser to display the HTML manual page, instead of the man program that is used by default.

The web browser can be specified using the configuration variable help.browser, or web.browser if the former is not set. If none of these config variables is set, the git-help—browse helper script (called by git-help) will pick a suitable default.

You can explicitly provide a full path to your preferred browser by setting the configuration variable browser.<tool>.path. For example, you can configure the absolute path to firefox by setting browser.firefox.path. Otherwise, git-help—browse assumes the tool is available in PATH.

Note that the script tries, as much as possible, to display the HTML page in a new tab on an already opened browser.

The following browsers are currently supported by git-help—browse:

  • firefox (this is the default under X Window when not using KDE)

  • iceweasel

  • konqueror (this is the default under KDE)

  • w3m (this is the default outside X Window)

  • links

  • lynx

  • dillo


If no command line option is passed, the help.format configuration variable will be checked. The following values are supported for this variable; they make git-help behave as their corresponding command line option:

The help.browser, web.browser and browser.<tool>.path will also be checked if the web format is chosen (either by command line option or configuration variable). See -w|--web in the OPTIONS section above.

Note that these configuration variables should probably be set using the --global flag, for example like this:

$ git config --global help.format web
$ git config --global web.browser firefox

as they are probably more user specific than repository specific. See linkgit:git-config[1] for more information about this.


Written by Junio C Hamano <> and the git-list <>.


Initial documentation was part of the linkgit:git[7] man page. Christian Couder <> extracted and rewrote it a little. Maintenance is done by the git-list <>.


Part of the linkgit:git[7] suite