In this “cut to the chase” tutorial I’ll show you how to clone Github repo using ssh on Mac OS or Linux (so that you won’t need to use password).
Generate SSH key
If you don’t have any SSH key please run in your terminal:
This command will ask your for location & name for your key file. You can press enter or change it according to your preferences (I’ve typed github for the sake of this tutorial).
Now, go to your keys directory:
And show .pub file contents:
You should get something like:
ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIwAAAQEAklOUp lot of mumbo jumbo C1yc2EAAAABIwAA
Copy this starting from ssh-rsa until final space.
Add a key to Github
Please login to your account and drop menu using your avatar in the top right corner then click Settings.
Go to SSH adn GPG keys on the left.
Now click New SSH key on top. Type name of your key (something like Work MacBook) and paste contents of your public key.
Let’s force your machine to use proper key for Github SSH connection. Go back to your terminal:
This should open/create your ssh config in a text editor. In a next step configure it like that:
Host github.com HostName github.com User git IdentityFile ~/.ssh/github PreferredAuthentications publickey
Remember to use correct key name! I’ve generated github and github.pub files.
Let’s check Github connection:
ssh -T [email protected]
If everything is OK. you should get:
Hi BadMotafuka! You've successfully authenticated, but GitHub does not provide shell access.
One final step for a great developer!
Remember this because it’s really important… From now on clone your repos using following url scheme:
ssh://[email protected]/<user>/<repository name>.git
Because it will not work if you’ll use conventional url.
Voilà! You can push to your repository without using password. Write a comment in case of any problems.