Mobaxterm – setting up Git with CA certificate bundle

On my Windows machine, I use Mobaxterm, which is a great environment based on Cygwin and gives me an UNIX-like alternative to Windows command window.

Git can be set up but needs some configuration first before it’ll work flawlessly.  and get plugins for curl, openssl, git

Will likely see this error, when cloning a Git repo, and Git cannot find the CA certificate bundle required for secure access to Git.

git clone

Cloning into 'progtest'...
 fatal: unable to access '': 
SSL certificate problem, verify that the CA cert is OK. 
 error:14090086:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate 
verify failed

To fix this, download & install the CA certificate bundle, then tell Git where to find it!

In Mobaxterm shell:

 mkdir -p /etc/pki/tls/certs
 curl -o /etc/pki/tls/ca-bundle.crt
 git config --system http.sslcainfo /etc/pki/tls/ca-bundle.crt
 git config -l

git clone

Cloning into 'progtest'...
remote: Counting objects: 3, done.
remote: Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 0
Unpacking objects: 100% (3/3), done.
Checking connectivity... done.

Note: commands with colorized output like:

git log

will output messed up escape characters (can’t correctly show the colors).  To fix this:

git config --global core.pager more
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  • Chris Gregory

    Thanks. This helped me. But when I pasted your gitconfig command it didn’t work till I went and added the path to the /certs/ folder

    git config –system http.sslcainfo /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt