VS Code Integrate Git Bash as Default Terminal

Let’s quickly have a look at how to integrate Git Bash as the default integrated terminal in Visual Studio Code.

By default, VS Code comes with Powershell as the default terminal if you’re on Windows.

Let’s change that and set Git Bash instead.

Install Git on your machine

First, you have to make sure that you have Git installed on your machine.

To check if you have Git installed, open up a command line and type in

git --version

If you don’t have Git installed, go over to this website, download, and then install Git.

Back to VS Code, there are several ways we can integrate Git Bash as the default terminal.

First way

The easiest way is to press down CTRL + SHIFT + P and then type in “select default profile“.

The drop-down includes every shell that is installed in your system that VS Code was able to detect.

Now simply select Git Bash and open up a new terminal window by pressing down CTRL + SHIFT + ~ (tilde) to check if Git Bash opens up as the default terminal.

Second way

Another way to select a default terminal is to open up a new terminal in VS Code.

Next to the big plus sign, click on the dropdown and select “Select Default Profile“.

From the dropdown select “Git Bash” and you’re all set.

Reopen a new terminal to make sure Git Bash opens up as default.

Third way

If none of the above worked for you, there is a third way.

Press down CTRL + SHIFT + P and type in “open settings” and open the settings.json file.

At the end of the file, add the following lines of code:

Make sure the path is correct, then save the file and reopen a new terminal to make sure Git Bash opens up as default.

That’s all.

I hope you found this article helpful.

Happy coding!


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