Friday, 27 November 2015

Using multiple SSH keys with git

The problem I have is that I have multiple accounts with git hosting suppliers (github and bitbucket) but they both want to keep a one to one relationship between users and ssh keys.

For both accounts I am separating work and personal repositories.

Github

BitBucket

In the past I have authorised all my identities on all my repositories, this has resulted in multiple identities being used within one repository which makes the statistics look a mess.

The Solution

Generate an ssh key for your identity and store it in a named file for example ~/.ssh/id_rsa_timp.

Add the key to your github or bitbucket account.

Use an ssh config file ~/.ssh/config


Host bitbucket.timp
    HostName bitbucket.com
    User git
    IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa_timp
    IdentitiesOnly=yes

You should now be good to go:

git clone git@bitbucket.timp:timp/project.git

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