How to show git branch in Cygwin Terminal
by Riley MacDonald, January 9, 2014

While setting up my development environment [Windows 7] for our newest project, I noticed my Cygwin Terminal was not displaying git branches on my bash prompt:

# Actual
Riley /cygdrive/c/users/Riley/Documents/Project-Directory $
# Expected
Riley /cygdrive/c/users/Riley/Documents/Project-Directory (repository-name) $

Since we are working with GitHub and making pull requests, this stuck out as an important feature.
Before modifying your existing .bashrc file, it’s a good idea to make a backup copy of it:

# Change Directory to ~
cd ~
# Ensure the .bashrc file exists in this directory
ls -a
# Make a backup copy of the file
cp .bashrc .bashrc-backup
# Open the .bashrc file for editing in notepad [or a editor of your choice :)]
notepad .bashrc

Add the following code at the bottom of the .bashrc file with your editor and save it:

export PS1='\[\033[01;32m\]\h\[\033[01;34m\] \w\[\033[31m\]$(__git_ps1 "(%s)") \[\033[01;34m\]$\[\033[00m\] '

Now apply the change via bash:

# Apply the settings
source .bashrc

Your color scheme should have a noticeable change, along with your git branches displaying inline!

Update! For OS X Users:
For users with terminals such as iTerm2 and a .bash_profile, the following snippet will work:

# Git branch and color variables in bash prompt
parse_git_branch() {
    git branch 2> /dev/null | sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e 's/* \(.*\)/ (\1)/'
export PS1="\[\033[01;32m\]\h\[\033[01;34m\] \w\[\033[31m\]\$(parse_git_branch)\[\033[00m\] $ "
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bob on 2017-10-10 20:17:22 said:
this works for me like charm

Riley MacDonald on 2017-09-17 16:36:47 said:
Thanks for the information!

Esteban Serrano on 2017-09-08 15:09:33 said:
Hullo from 2017. I added the "export PS1=..." line to the end of my .bashrc file on cygwin, Windows 10. Unfortunately this was shown at the beginning of each prompt: -bash: __git_ps1: command not found The solution was to save to a location (e.g. ~/ wget -O ~/ And then add "source ~/" to .bashrc. :)

J on 2017-03-28 13:40:18 said:
Thanks .. parse_git_branch worked for cygwin

Luke on 2015-09-14 14:30:44 said:
That worked - thanks!