Have Bash Remember Github Pass

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As a developer who frequently works with GitHub, I’ve often found it cumbersome to repeatedly enter my credentials every time I interact with a remote repository. Thankfully, there’s a way to have Bash remember your GitHub password, making the process much more seamless. In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps to accomplish this.

Setting Up Git Credential Caching

To start, we need to enable Git credential caching. This can be achieved by running the following command in your terminal:

git config --global credential.helper cache

Once this command is executed, Git will start caching your credentials for a certain period of time, eliminating the need to re-enter your username and password for that duration.

Adjusting the Cache Timeout

By default, Git will remember your credentials for 15 minutes. However, you can adjust this duration to better suit your preferences. Simply run the following command, replacing timeout_in_seconds with your desired timeout value:

git config --global credential.helper 'cache --timeout=timeout_in_seconds'

For example, if you want Git to remember your credentials for 30 minutes, you would use git config --global credential.helper 'cache --timeout=1800'.

Personal Access Token as an Alternative

Another approach to avoid entering your GitHub password is by using a personal access token. This token serves as an alternative to your password and can be used for HTTPS Git operations.

To create a personal access token, navigate to your GitHub account settings, select “Developer settings,” then “Personal access tokens.” From there, you can generate a new token with the necessary permissions.

Once you have your token, you can use it as your password when prompted by Git. This approach provides an added layer of security while ensuring convenience.

Conclusion

By enabling Git credential caching or utilizing a personal access token, you can significantly streamline your interactions with GitHub, eliminating the need to repeatedly enter your credentials. This not only enhances convenience but also improves your workflow as a developer. Take advantage of these methods to simplify your Git experience and focus on what truly matters – building great software.