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# php – error: git was not found – installing laravel with composer windows

Questions:

I’m getting an error saying:

failed to clone https://github.com/php-fig/log.git, git was not found, check that it is installed and in your PATH env.

'git' is not recognized as and internal or external command, operable program or batch file


when I try and run composer create-project laravel/laravel learning-laravel.

I installed the git GUI which also comes with a command line shell, but I don’t know why its not recognising the command (I’m issuing the create-project command in the normal windows command line prompt).

I also tried running the command from the git shell, which worked, but when I tried php artisan serve it gave me an error saying CLI has stopped working.

Does anyone know how to fix the git error? I’d rather use the windows command shell instead of the git one as it can then go into my wamp/www file

You need to add the directory you installed git to to your PATH environment variable.

1. Right click on Computer.
4. Under System Variables, scroll to PATH
5. Add ;"C:\path\to\git\bin";"C:\path\to\git\cmd"

Test the git command in the command prompt to see if it worked. Git is usually located in Program Files or Program Files(x86).

There is an easier (but temporal) way to add a path variable in Windows.

Paste this in your command prompt:

SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\Program Files\Git\bin


This will work for the rest of the command prompt session. Don’t forget installing Git before this.

You’ll need to add git to your system PATH if you want to use it in regular command prompt.

Here’s a guide on modifying your system path in Windows:

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000549.htm