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Store your git ssh in keychain (and make it persist across logins)

dvddpl profile image Davide de Paolis ・1 min read

Expecially during these times of remote work, I happened to be switching among different devices many times. I found very annoying that every time I needed to run some git push or pull I was asked for my git credentials.

I have an SSH key for that!

To use that key you need to add it to your keychain :

ssh-add -K ~/.ssh/[your-private-key]

This works pretty well, until you restart... If you are on Catalina you have to persistently store the key with a specific configuration:

touch .ssh/config
vi .ssh/config
--> i  ( to start typing in the file )
Host *
  UseKeychain yes
  AddKeysToAgent yes
  IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa
--> ESC (to exit from editing)
:wq  ( to save and close)

Credits go to this answer on Apple.StackExchange but this issue kept occurring to me and I found myself having to constantly google for it, so I decided to saving it here for future reference.

Discussion (2)

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iob profile image

for non-osx system(i use fedora) the same works without the UseKeychain

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Médéric Burlet

Even pre-catalina the restart is not handled.