Step-by-Step on How to Update Git on Mac

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I’ve seen a lot of questions on the web about how to update your Mac client to the latest version which contains the fix for the security vulnerability announced last week.

It is actually quite simple:

Open your terminal prompt and type the following:

	git --version

If it comes back with the following result, then you are using Apple’s Git, not the offiical distro of Git.

	git version 1.9.3 (Apple Git-50)

This version is NOT patched.

Furthermore if you type,

	which git

and it returns


Then you are going to want to modify your PATH to make git look for the official distro (which we will install in just a sec) to just /usr/local/bin.

Let’s Fix it and switch Git Clients

Install Homebrew if you haven’t already. It is easy just copy and paste this in the terminal window.

	ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Assuming you have homebrew installed, type the following:

	brew install git

Once it is installed, then type the following two lines, which will set our path to the local git distro instead of the Apple one.

	export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH
	git --version

and you will see:

	git version 2.2.1

That is it! You are now updated to the official distro of Git on your Mac. To update it in the future all you will need to do is run the following line:

	brew upgrade git

Until next time, Michael signing off.

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