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How to switch between different git accounts on your machine?

How to switch between different git accounts on your machine?

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Gajraj Singh Chouhan
·Mar 27, 2022·

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  • I'll show you how to switch between git accounts on your machine.
  • How does this work?

I'll show you how to switch between git accounts on your machine.

You might have a different git account for work and personal use, switching between those accounts can be time-consuming and prone to error. It's also pretty boring to do. You need to change your email, name and even create a ssh key to use with github.

So what can we do about it ? Why automation, of course!

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I created a python script to automate this stuff. To use the script you need to create a file called gitConfig. You can create it using

git config --list > gitConfig

Now you need you copy contents of your .ssh folder to another folder called ssh. So the config file and ssh folder is all you need to switch a user.

To use the switch_users.py, install the required dependencies, and make sure the folder structure is of the form as given below.

You can switch your git accounts by specifing the folder name.

python3 switch_users.py -f folderName # folderName can be user or work for the tree below.
.
├── switch_users.py
├── user
│   ├── gitConfig
│   └── ssh
│       ├── authorized_keys
│       ├── id_ed25519
│       ├── id_ed25519.pub
│       ├── id_rsa
│       ├── id_rsa.pub
│       └── known_hosts
└── work
    ├── gitConfig
    └── ssh
        ├── authorized_keys
        ├── id_ed25519
        ├── id_ed25519.pub
        ├── id_rsa
        ├── id_rsa.pub
        └── known_hosts

How does this work?

The code copies the ssh folder for a user, and it sets the email and other keys by reading it from gitConfig.

You can find the whole code here - github.com/gajrajgchouhan/Switch_GitConfigs

 
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