Using Git Bash with PhpStorm



This morning I felt there should be more to the terminal in JetBrain’s PHPStorm IDE and it turns out I was right.

Full disclosure, I’ve come to prefer the *nix style command line interface to Windows and that’s reflected in my choice to continue using Git Bash on my work PC (it’s a Lenovo Thinkpad with 64-bit Windows 10).

So, back to the subject of this post, I did a bit of googling and full credit to as I found the fastest way to switch the default terminal used by PhpStorm.

So make the switch, just go to:

Once here, change the “Shell Path” to:

For a 32-bit system, use

or the equivalent path to your git-shell installation.

The -login  switch informs the program to run it’s configuration files and the -i  switch informs the program that you want the interactive mode.

Thankfully, I won’t need to scratch my head searching for this anymore.

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