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Joakim Hedlund

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Installing make under Git for Windows

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I'm one of those people who never really switched to a Mac for work, and I'm still only dipping my toes in WSL, so most of the time I'm using the Git For Windows flavor of MSYS2/MinGW. It comes with the most common collection of programs you'd use in a terminal environment, such as less and grep. However, one of the tools I find most useful in my daily work is make and it's not included in the default installation so I have to install it manually. In this post I'll show you how to do that.

This guide is a condensed version of evanwill's brilliant gist which outlines how to install other utilities as well, such as wget.

  1. Download from ezwinports.
    The version number might be higher since they are continuously publishing newer versions.
  2. Extract the contents to your C:\Program Files\Git\mingw64 folder without overwriting existing files.


You can verify that it was installed succesfully by running make --version:

$ make --version

GNU Make 4.3
Built for Windows32
Copyright (C) 1988-2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

There really aren't that many steps involved, but every time I get a new computer I have to look it up.