These were the steps I took to setup Git on my new computer to work with Github through SSH.
First, set your global git config on your machine. I am using a Mac so Git came preinstalled. You’ll want to configure your username and email associated with your account using the commands below.
git config --global user.name "coldsoup23" git config --global user.email "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Then to push your commits using SSH you will need to create a new public / private key pair:
ssh-keygen -t rsa
On a Mac this will create a file at
/Users/username/.ssh/id_rsa and also
You will need to add the contents of the pubic key to your Github profile, you can print the contents to your terminal using the command:
Lastly, you will need to paste that into your Github profile:
- Click on your profile
- Click SSH keys at settings
- Click SSH and GPG keys
- Add a new key and paste the contents of id_rsa.pub
After that last step you will be configured to use Git on your local machine and push commits to a remote origin, in this case, Github.
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