Managing Multiple Git Accounts
Lot of companies requests developers to create dedicated
git accounts to access work related git projects. It is good from security and access control perspective but it is a pain from developers who wish to work on personal projects in their private accounts. Lot of times commits goes in the name of work accounts or the otherway. I have also gone through this that is why have setup my work laptop as below such that there is clear segregation of usage of git accounts
- You should be using ssh based git access which most of the devs would be using. I still find still few are using http based and giving creds each time 🤦♂️
- You should be used to segregate your office work space (code folders) from your private workspace
I usually go with the below folder structures. This has helped me in maintaining a clean structure and managing multiple git accounts
├── personal │ └── workspace │ ├── repo1 │ └── repo2 └── work └── workspace ├── workrepo1 └── workrepo2
Ensure you create two different
ssh keys for each of your git accounts. Please refer this link.
Once you have the keys ensure to follow this ensure to configure the corresponding
Github account with corresponding keys. Follow this link.
Since you have generated two keys two private key files would be present.
Since we have two different ssh keys we need to configure it to use it. Below are the ssh configs
Host github.com HostName github.com User git IdentityFile ~/.ssh/<private key filename of private account> Host <githubwork.com> HostName github.com User git IdentityFile ~/.ssh/<private key filename of work account>
Here I will be setting the default
git config as my private account and configure work
git account specific to work associated directories. But we can do the other way based on how we are structuring our workspace.
Below is configuration in default
git config in
[user] name = Personal Git Account Name email = personalemailassociatedwithpersonalgit@somedomain
The above will ensure all the git operations uses the above config across your machine.
Work Related Git Configuration
In the same
~/.gitconfig add these lines.
[includeIf "gitdir:~/work/"] path = ~/work/.gitconfig
What we have done is used the
includeif.Conditional Includes was introduced from git 2.13. Ensure you have this version of
git to use this feature. It actually includes
gitconfig dynamically based on the conditions. In this case if the git working directory is
~/work it uses the
.gitconfig from the
Below are the contents of this config file inside
[user] name = Work Git Account Name email = workacountemail@domain
How to Work on repositories from Both Account
- To clone a repo from work account you need to follow this since you have configured the
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:<repopath>.git
- To clone a repo from private account you need to follow this since you have configured the
git clone email@example.com:<repopath>.git
git operations on corresponding repos ensure to follow the corresponding configs. You can customize more configurations in this custom git configs.