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Git Credential Manager

What problem does this address?

I want a simple way to push/pull code from GitHub without having to enter my password or username.


The installation instructions are adapted from those in the git credential manager repository.

Download git-credential-manager

Download the latest .deb package, and run the following:

sudo dpkg -i <path-to-package>
git-credential-manager configure

Select credential store

There were a few options for how to store credentials. I went with the GPG/pass approach. To select this store:

git config --global credential.credentialStore gpg

We then need to install the required packages. GPG is installed by default in most distributions, pass was not installed on mine so run:

sudo apt install pass

Next generate the GPG key pair with:

gpg --gen-key

Following the prompts will give an output of the form:

❯ gpg --gen-key                                                   
gpg (GnuPG) 2.2.27; Copyright (C) 2021 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Note: Use "gpg --full-generate-key" for a full featured key generation dialog.

GnuPG needs to construct a user ID to identify your key.

Real name: fake name
Email address:
You selected this USER-ID:
    "fake name <>"

Change (N)ame, (E)mail, or (O)kay/(Q)uit? o
pub   rsa3072 2023-10-03 [SC] [expires: 2025-10-02]
uid                      fake name <>
sub   rsa3072 2023-10-03 [E] [expires: 2025-10-02]

where <gpg-id> is a big hexadecimal number of the form 1B61835F2E64E1C62A9A472. We need this <gpg-id> to initalize the store with:

pass init <gpg-id>

Now next time we run git push, it should prompt a sign-in with Github.