Leem.fin Leem.fin - 2 months ago 6x
Git Question

Git push: username, password, how to avoid?


git push
my work to a remote Git repository.

will prompt me to input
. I would like to avoid it for every push, but how to configure to avoid it?


1. Generate an SSH key


Open terminal to create ssh keys:

cd ~                 #Your home directory
ssh-keygen -t rsa    #Press enter for all values

For Windows

(Only works if the commit program is capable of using certificates/private & public ssh keys)

  1. Use Putty Gen to generate a key
  2. Export the key as an open SSH key

Here is a walkthrough on putty gen for the above steps

2. Associate the SSH key with the remote repository

This step varies, depending on how your remote is set up.

  • If it is a GitHub repository and you have administrative privileges, go to settings and click 'add SSH key'. Copy the contents of your ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub into the field labeled 'Key'.

  • If your repository is administered by somebody else, give the administrator your id_rsa.pub.

3. Set your remote URL to a form that supports SSH 1

If you have done the steps above and are still getting the password prompt, make sure your repo URL is in the form


as opposed to


To see your repo URL, run:

git remote show origin

You can change the URL with:

git remote set-url origin git+ssh://git@github.com/username/reponame.git

[1] This section incorporates the answer from Eric P