This post shows you how to solve the git error fatal: unable to access '\/.config/git/config

I had this error when trying to get GitHub Extension for Visual Studio to work with my GitHub repository.

To solve this error you need to add an environment variable called HOME and point it to the folder where you checkout all of your git repositories to. Mine was C:\Code\GitHub

  • Go to System
  • Click on Advanced System Settings
  • Then click on the Advanced tab
  • Now click on Environment Variables

  • Add a new System Environment Variable called HOME and set it to the folder where your GitHub repositories are.

  • Click on OK
  • Next you need to restart Visual Studio

To make sure, I restarted my PC instead of just Visual Studio and it worked great.

Let me know if it works for you.


Paul Seal

Umbraco MVP and .NET Web Developer from Derby (UK) who specialises in building Content Management System (CMS) websites using MVC with Umbraco as a framework. Paul is passionate about web development and programming as a whole. Apart from when he's with his wife and son, if he's not writing code, he's thinking about it or listening to a podcast about it.

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