Installing the Latest Version of git on CentOS?

When Installing git, you sometimes run into a problem where the version that gets installed is not the most current one. If you follow the steps we included here, getting the most current version of git should never be a problem again.

1: Install Required Packages

Firstly we need to make sure that we have installed required packages on your system. Use following command to install required packages before compiling Git source.

# yum install curl-devel expat-devel gettext-devel openssl-devel zlib-devel
# yum install  gcc perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker

2: Uninstall old Git RPM

Now remove any prior installation of Git through RPM file or Yum package manager. If your older version is also compiled through source, then skip this step.

# yum remove git

3: Download and Compile Git Source

Download git source code from kernel git or simply use following command to download Git 2.0.4.

# cd /usr/src
# wget
# tar xzf git-2.0.4.tar.gz

After downloading and extracting Git source code, Use following command to compile source code.

# cd git-2.0.4
# make prefix=/usr/local/git all
# make prefix=/usr/local/git install
# echo 'export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/git/bin' >> /etc/bashrc
#  or
# echo 'export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/git/bin' > /etc/profile.d/
# source /etc/bashrc

HINT 1: Updated method of adding compiled git bin directory to bashrc. Because echo "export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/git/bin" >> /etc/bashrc used "" instead of '', it would expand the current session's value for $PATH instead of keeping it as a variable, and could adversely affect the entire system. At the minimum, it should use '' instead of "" and should really be a separate script in /etc/profile.d/

HINT 2 (@DJB): /usr/local/git/bin before $PATH, since the older version of git was already on $PATH: export PATH=/usr/local/git/bin:$PATH

4. Check Git Version

One completion of above steps, you have successfully install Git in your system. Let use following command to check git version

# git --version

git version 2.0.4

I also wanted to add that the "Getting Started" guide at the GIT website also includes instructions on how to download and compile it yourself:

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Until next time!


May 14 2021

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