This post should hopefully help you setup multiple user profiles
when using Git on Windows.
I had already set up my Git installation to connect to GitHub
using my personal email address. I then wanted to add another
profile to connect to BitBucket using my work email address.
So, how did I do it?
Create a new pair of SSH Keys
The first step was to create a new pair of SSH keys using my
work email address so I can connect to BitBucket. I am going to
backup my current SSH keys just incase anything goes wrong. So open
up your Git Bash console and type:
cp id_rsa* key_backup
This will copy any SSH keys in the the "key_backup" directory we
Now we need to create a new SSH key pair for my work
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "MyWorkEmailAddress"
It will prompt you to give the key file a name:
Enter file which to save the key (/c/documents and settings/USERNAME/.ssh/id_rsa):
You need to specify a new name or it will overwrite your
existing keys - which you don't want.
Enter a name of your choice - I used
You will then be prompted to enter a passphrase and your new key
will be created.
Adding the Key to your BitBucket
You will need add the newly created SSH Key to your BitBucket
Naviagte to your /.ssh/ directory and open up
the newly created key file in a text editor. It will be called what
ever you name you gave it in the last step, so in my case it is
Copy the entire line as it is, to your clipboard.
Log in to your BitBucket account and navigate to your "Account > SSH
Paste your key in to the text box and click Add
Adding the SSH keys to the SSH Agent
Now we need to add to the SSH Agent so it knows about the new
key pair we have just created.
Still in your Git Bash console type:
I called my new key pair id_rsa_work but if you
have given it a different name then use that one here.
Configuring your config
In Windows Explorer navigate to your .ssh directory (usually in
your profile directory)
Edit the file named "config" in a text editor. (If there isn't
one there just create one)
You then need to add the following details to the file:
# Default GitHub user
# Work user account
This will tell Git that when I connect to the host
github to use the id_rsa key pair
but when I connect to bitbucket to use my
id_rsa_work key pair.
Save and close the config file.
That is all that you should need to do. Now if I try to
clone a repo from Github like this:
git clone https://github.com/MY_USER_NAME/MY_REPO_NAME.git
It will use my GitHub credentials and the SSH Keys created using
my personal email.
However, cloning a repo from BitBucket like this:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:MY_USER_NAME/MY_REPO_NAME.git
It will use my BitBucket credentials and the SSH keys created
using my work email.
This post is a bit rushed as I wanted to get out as soon
as possible whilst still fresh in my mind!