Multiple Accounts and Git

If you have multiple accounts that you must use with Git — such as a personal and a work account — you can have your Git Config (typically ~/.gitconfig) conditionally include other configs depending on the folder you’re working in. In those extra configs you then can override some settings.

Here’s an example ~/.gitconfig that has two dynamic includes:

[user]
  name = "John Doe"

[includeIf "gitdir:~/repos/personal/"]
  path = ~/.gitconfig.personal

[includeIf "gitdir:~/repos/work/"]
  path = ~/.gitconfig.work

Inside each ~/.gitconfig.XXX you can then list extra config values, here the email address to use for each:

[user]
  email = john@example.org

💡 If you want to use individual SSH keys for each account, there’s some more steps you need to take.

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