SSH Login on Github
I find the login with an SSH key the most convenient way and it works well with Magit, an awesome Emacs plugin. By the way, I consider Magit as one reason already enough to use Emacs.
Please consult the official Github documentation to learn how to configure SSH for authentication.
Multiple Github Accounts
You cannot use the same SSH key on different Github accounts. I generated a new SSH key with the following command in the
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "firstname.lastname@example.org" -f "id_rsa_benzai10"
Replace the email address and your key identity name accordingly.
Make sure the SSH agent is running with:
eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
Add the key identity to your SSH agent (in my case):
Add a file named
config to the
~/.ssh folder and put the following text in it:
#oojooman account Host github.com-oojooman HostName github.com User git IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa #benzai10 account Host github.com-benzai10 HostName github.com User git IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa_benzai10
The lines beginning with
# are like comments; use them to describe the account. Add the Github account name with a leading dash (
-) to the
Host entry and adjust the correct file names accordingly.
Adjust the .git/config Files
You need to adjust the
[remote "origin"] entries in the
.git/config files of your local repositories. My example:
... [remote "origin"] url = email@example.com:benzai10/bzt-website.git fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/* ...
Cloning a Repo
When using multiple Github accounts, add the account name with a dash (like described above) when cloning the repo
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:benzai10/<project>.git
git clone email@example.com:benzai10/<project>.git