Add GitHub ssh-agent and ssh key on startup (Windows)

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Add GitHub ssh-agent and ssh key on startup (Windows)

Automating git ssh authentification on startup

Asrin Dayananda
·Mar 26, 2022·

2 min read

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If you have GitHub ssh key setup to access your remote repo, whenever you log out your PC your ssh key drops out! So you have to run evalssh-agent -s&& ssh-add ~/.ssh/xxx-key everytime you login.😡

This is how I added ssh-agent and ssh key authentification on start up of git terminal in Windows and in Android studio git bash terminal.

Add your ssh-agent connection to .profile

  • In git terminal
  • Create a .profile or edit it
    nano ~/.profile
    
  • Add these contents. Remember to edit to set path to your ssh key!
    #! /bin/bash 
    eval `ssh-agent -s` 
    ssh-add ~/.ssh/<ADD_PATH_TO_SSH_KEY>
    

Add your ssh-agent connection to .bashrc

  • You will need to add to bash as well. eg. I am using git terminal in Android studio so I will need to change bashrc
  • Create a .bashrc or edit it
    nano ~/.bashrc
    
  • Add these contents. Remember to edit to set path to your ssh key!
    #! /bin/bash 
    eval `ssh-agent -s` 
    ssh-add ~/.ssh/<ADD_PATH_TO_SSH_KEY>
    
  • Restart the app that you are using git cli
  • You should see something like
    Agent pid XXXX
    Identity added: xxxxxxxxx
    
  • Go to one of your repos and fetch remote repo by running
    git fetch
    
  • This should fetch contents without asking for key or ssh agent

Credits

Shameless Plugs

Hope this saves you some time and getting annoyed 😒😁

Feel free to comment with questions or feedback✌️

Happy coding,

Az 👨🏾‍💻

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