(Learn log) Use multiple ssh keys with git

I needed to create multiple ssh keys with github/ bitbucket accounts.

The steps i followed :

  1. Create ~/.ssh/config file
  2. Generate multiple identities (one for bitbucketwork, one for bitbucketpersonal)

    ssh-keygen -f ~/.ssh/bitbucketwork -C “bitbucketwork” repeat for bitbucketpersonal

  3. Create a host entry for each identity

    Host bitbucketwork HostName bitbucket.org IdentityFile ~/.ssh/workdid Host bitbucketpersonal HostName bitbucket.org IdentityFile ~/.ssh/personalid

  4. Change the git remote to use the correct alias of your identity

For example, i have a work repository, to make git use the work identity

Before:

git@bitbucket.org:accountname/reponame.git

After:
git@bitbucketwork:accountname/reponame.git

Where bitbucketwork is one of the Host alias previously created

  1. Paste the public key in the bitbucket settings

    pbcopy < ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

  2. Add the key(s) to the ssh agent with :

    ssh-add ~/.ssh/work

    ( Note: Add to .bash_profile, otherwise you will have to add the key everytime you open a terminal )

References

[https://gist.github.com/jexchan/2351996] [https://confluence.atlassian.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=271943168]

Published

16 March 2014


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