how to setup ssh keys in github
Posted by : Sujay Kundu at
Using the SSH protocol, you can connect and authenticate to remote servers and services. With SSH keys, you can connect to GitHub without supplying your username or password at each visit.
Setting up ssh keys in Github
Generating a SSH Key
Paste the text below, substituting in your GitHub email address.
$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "[email protected]"
This will create a public ssh key
When you’re prompted to “Enter a file in which to save the key,”.
Enter a file in which to save the key (/home/you/.ssh/id_rsa):
Enter the filename as yourusername-github (example: sujaykundu777-github)
At the prompt, type a secure passphrase. For more information, see "Working with SSH key passphrases".
Adding your SSH key to the ssh-agent
Start the ssh-agent in the background.
$ eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
Add your SSH private key to the ssh-agent. If you created your key with a different name, in our case yourusername-github
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/yourusername-github
Adding the ssh key to your Github Account
Copy the ssh key to your clipboard
$ sudo apt-get install xclip
Downloads and installs xclip. If you don’t have
apt-get, you might need to use another installer (like
$ xclip -sel clip < ~/.ssh/yourusername-github.pub
Copies the contents of the yourusername-github.pub file to your clipboard
Now paste this ssh key in Gitlab settings page under settings > SSH and CPG Keys > Add SSH Key > Save SSH Key.Use a suitable title for the key.If prompted, confirm your GitHub password.
After saving the ssh key, just set the remote url using the ssh url provided for the repo:
$ git remote set-url origin [email protected]:yourname/yourrepo.git
That’s it, Now you don’t have to enter password everytime for a push
It should work, If you have any doubt or if something is not working for you, please leave a comment and I will help you as soon I read the comment.. Enjoy :D