Getting Git to work with a proxy server – fails with "Request timed out" – Dev

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How do I get Git to use a proxy server?

I need to check out code from a Git server, but it shows “Request timed out” every time. How do I get around this?

Alternatively, how can I set a proxy server?


This worked for me, in windows XP behind a corporate firewall.

I didnt have to install any local proxy or any other software besides git v1.771 from

$ git config --global http.proxy http://proxyuser:[email protected]:8080
$ git config --system http.sslcainfo /bin/curl-ca-bundle.crt
$ git remote add origin https://mygithubuser:[email protected]/repoUser/repoName.git
$ git push origin master

proxyuser= the proxy user I was assigned by our IT dept, in my case it is the same windows user I use to log in to my PC, the Active Directory user

proxypwd= the password of my proxy user = the proxy name and port, I got it from Control Panel, Internet Options, Connections, Lan Settings button, Advanced button inside the Proxy Server section, use the servername and port on the first (http) row.

mygithubuser = the user I use to log in to

mygithubpwd = the password for my user

repoUser = the user owner of the repo

repoName = the name of the repo


Command to use:

git config --global http.proxy http://proxyuser:[email protected]:8080
  • change proxyuser to your proxy user
  • change proxypwd to your proxy password
  • change to the URL of your proxy server
  • change 8080 to the proxy port configured on your proxy server

Note that this works for both http and https repos.

If you decide at any time to reset this proxy and work without proxy:

Command to use:

git config --global --unset http.proxy

Finally, to check the currently set proxy:

git config --global --get http.proxy


If the command line way of configuring your proxy server doesn’t work,
you can probably just edit .gitconfig (in the root of your profile, which may hide both in C:\Documents and Settings and on some network drive) and add this:

    proxy = http://username:[email protected]:8080

YMMV though, this only covers the first step of the command line configuration. You may have to edit the system git configuration too and I have no idea where they hid that.


Set a system variable named http_proxy with the value of ProxyServer:Port.
That is the simplest solution. Respectively, use https_proxy as daefu pointed out in the comments.

Setting gitproxy (as sleske mentions) is another option, but that requires a “command”, which is not as straightforward as the above solution.