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Using another private key with git

adamkdean profile image Adam K Dean ・1 min read

It's quite normal to have different private keys for different git servers, but how do you provide a different identity file like you do with SSH?

The answer comes in a text file; config.

Create a text file in your ssh directory, which is usually .ssh:

$ touch ~/.ssh/config

Then open it with your favourite text editor, for me, this is currently atom:

$ atom ~/.ssh/config

Now, we can use this file to configure different hosts. The following should be pretty self explanatory. For your information, in case you're a bit confused, the identity file is your private key.

Host example.com
    HostName git.example.com
    User git
    IdentityFile /Users/adam/.ssh/yourkey
    IdentitiesOnly yes

You'll notice the host and hostname are different. This means you can have a host configured for example.com which actually points to another hostname, such as a source control server, e.g. git.example.com.

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