I'm trying to get Neovim to work in Git bash. When I type nvim in cmd, everything works as expected and it opens Neovim, when I do the same in the Git bash, the whole editor just turns blank until I CTRL+C out of it. I suppose that there might be some pathing problem, but I'm not sure. I attached some images as well.

I've tried to add the path to Neovim in gitconfig in the Git folder and in the home folder as well.

which nvim gives: /c/Program Files/Neovim/bin/nvim

image1 - Gitbash

image2 - Gitbash

Cmd - works


2 Answers 2


Got it working and found two solutions.

  1. Reinstall bash and set Neovim as a default editor during the installation (Git has a test feature to make sure your editor is working even during installation)
  2. in $home find .gitconfig and add the path to your editor, but use two escapes \\ when there is space, e.g. C:/Program\\ Files/...
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    I think the issue has to do with tty. I'm experiencing the same issue but reinstalling git bash doesn't seem to work. However, running winpty nvim does
    – CervEd
    Mar 7, 2021 at 15:42
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    I experienced the same issue and made an alias for nvim wrapping 'winpty nvim', and it works on my Git for Windows installation. Many thanks! Jun 22, 2022 at 0:12
  • I also wrapped some commands with winpty {command} - which is very handy. But still - don't like that I had to do that in the first place ... :( Mar 27, 2023 at 17:53

Create an alias by editing the .bashrc file with the following command:

vi .bashrc

Then create an alias by placing the following text into the editor:

alias nvim="winpty nvim"

Go to normal mode by pressing ESC then save the file with :wq command. The final step is to apply the changes using this command:

source .bashrc
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    Welcome and thank you for posting an answer. Could you please provide a reference regarding the behavior of echo \ ? BTW, an alternative would be to put the alias in .bashrc using an editor. I'd recommend a vi clone.
    – Friedrich
    Jul 5, 2023 at 14:34
  • I agree, using an editor is a less hacky way to create an alias. I am going to edit the answer that uses the vi command. Jul 6, 2023 at 7:32
  • I wouldn't say "hacky"... but I'd want to stay in control of my .bashrc. Actually, I'm still curious about the echo \ thing. Man pages say nothing about it. If anything, \a should be interpreted as BELL as far as I've seen. When I tried, the leading backslash did not seem to do anything.
    – Friedrich
    Jul 6, 2023 at 7:49
  • Well, it was a trial-and-error kind of thing. First, I started the echo command with \ (inspired by the markdown syntax) character. Then I saw that it adds a space to the config file therefore I got rid of it. So I ended with the weird: echo \alias... command that I do not really like in retrospect. Jul 6, 2023 at 8:03
  • Thank you for clarifying.
    – Friedrich
    Jul 6, 2023 at 8:12

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