Maybe you’ve noticed, when setting up ssh keys on OSX, that by default, when cloning, pulling or pushing to a repo on the command line, you will sometimes not have the proper permissions. If you’ve got more than one account on a different git service, like GitHub or BitBucket, here’s a way to set up your ssh config to allow for dynamic cloning of repos as those particular users.
Before you read the next section, make sure that you’ve set up ssh-keys as provided and added them to your accounts. This guide won’t cover that, as its already been covered in great length over at GitHub: Generating SSH Keys. Follow this guide and you can’t go wrong.
Configuring SSH aliases
All of your aliases can be managed in your
~/.ssh/config. If you don’t have that file, create it:
Host customname bitbucket.org Hostname bitbucket.org IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa User yourusername
The “customname” parameter there should be replaced with whatever you want to use as the alias for this host. Make sure you replace “id_rsa” with whatever your ssh key for this particular service is called. Lastly, the User parameter should be your GitHub or Bitbucket username.
If you want to make sure the key is active, just do
Adding the remote
If your repo exists already you’ll want to run something like this:
git remote add bit git@customname:yourusername/yourproject.git
Then you can do something like:
git push bit master
If you are just cloning the repo, you can do:
git clone git@customname:yourusername/yourproject.git
Your project should be preconfigured to use the proper ssh key and user for the particular service! Add and configure as many of these Host aliases to your ~/.ssh/config as required per each of your projects.