Add Bash to the Right-Click Menu for Folders in Windows 10

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So you installed Bash in Windows 10 (Anniversary Update v1607) and wondering how to add it to the right-click menu for folders, like the built-in “Open Command window here” option? Here is a registry edit to add “Bash here” to the context menu for folders and desktop.

Download bash_here.zip and run the enclosed REG file bash_here.reg.

You’ll now see “Bash here” when you right-click on the Desktop, folder or an empty area in a folder (directory background). Selecting “Bash here” would start Bash in the current directory from where the command was launched.

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add bash right-click menu

Contents of the REG File

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\bash]
@="Bash here"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\bash\command]
@="c:\\windows\\system32\\bash.exe"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\bash]
@="Bash here"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\bash\command]
@="cmd.exe /c pushd \"%V\" && c:\\windows\\system32\\bash.exe"

Note that the Windows installation drive is set as C:\ in the REG file. If you have installed Windows in a different drive, edit the REG file using Notepad and change accordingly.

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