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Avraham Sedaghat
Avraham Sedaghat
4,217 Points

"Cant start Git: git.exe probably the path to Git executable is not valid" Fix it." error

What do i do to set it up? Do i need to?

1 Answer

Harry James
Harry James
14,780 Points

Hey Avraham!

When you get this error, it usually means that the person who you imported the project from was using the Git VCS (Version Control System) but, if you're not using it, you can turn it off.

To do this, go to File >> Settings >> Version Control and make sure that the box is empty (Apart from the < Project > and < none > placeholders):

You may also need to clear the path to Git which you can do under the Git heading (Just make sure the box is blank again):

Then, hopefully the error will go away (You may need to restart Android Studio).


If after that, you get this message:

You can just press Ignore VCS Root Errors.


I believe this is just when Android Studio detects a .git file in the project directory. It might also go away if you delete the .git file from your File Explorer I think (I use git so I can't test whether this works or not):

Either way should work though :)


If you are using Git however, you should specify the correct path to your git.exe file under the Git heading shown above and the problem will be fixed.


Hope it helps and if you have any questions about this or any problems, give me a shout :)