Switching between multiple ssh keys in Git on Windows
I need to have multiple keys in my client to access two different accounts on Repository hosting. See https://redefy.repositoryhosting.com/support -> How do I manage multiple accounts with multiple keypairs on my client?
I do not understand how to change between different ssh keys in Git on Windows, can anybody help me?
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I assume you use git bash and openssh.
Like what it’s written in the article, you can make a configuration file for ssh client that lists all of your accounts. You can write the following configuration in your own ssh client configuration file in
Host account-one HostName server.example.com User user-one IdentityFile ~/.ssh/key-one Host account-two HostName server.example.com User user-two IdentityFile ~/.ssh/key-two
What it says is you define two, kind of, “host aliases” named
account-two. If you use them, when making connection, the ssh client will use the corresponding
IdentityFile for the server address, username, and ssh key file. With this you can use them to access your accounts and keys at even the same server.
In git, you can define two remotes using them
$ git remote add one account-one:repository.git $ git remote add two account-two:repository.git
then you can push to those remotes
$ git push one master $ git push two master
Which key is used for which server is handled by the SSH program that git is using to connect. In the default setup this should be the command line SSH client (openSSH?).
Using openSSH you can configure particular keyfiles for particular hosts in the
Host foo.example.com IdentityFile ~/.ssh/foo.example.com-id_rsa Host bar.example.com IdentityFile ~/.ssh/bar.example.com-id_rsa
~/.ssh/*.example.com-id_rsa are the private key files for each server.
I hope this helps.
On Windows you should try Pageant an SSH authentication agent for PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP, and Plink. This tool can manage yout ssh keys and its pass-phrases.
To use it together with Git you have to install Putty and link to the plink.exe setting the GIT_SSH variable.
- Install Putty and friends (http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html)
- Start Pageant and add you keys
- Run Git
I’ll answer this a little indirectly. I have previously used git bash and I’ve found that when I’m using git via the git bash shell, that it behaves just like a mac or linux bash shell. Meaning, when using git bash, that I can answer your question like:
‘If you use git bash, you can manage multiple accounts just as you would if you were on linux or mac, using ssh-agent/ssh-add and friends’