How do I avoid the specification of the username and password at every git push?


I git push my work to a remote Git repository.

Every push will prompt me to input username and password. 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/ into the field labeled 'Key'.

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

  • If your remote repository is administered by your, you can use this command for example:

    scp ~/.ssh/ YOUR_USER@YOUR_IP:~/.ssh/authorized_keys/

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

git+ssh://[email protected]/username/reponame.git

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://[email protected]/username/reponame.git

[1] This section incorporates the answer from Eric P

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