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How to `go get` private repos using SSH key auth instead of password auth.
$ ssh -A vm
$ git config --global url."git@github.com:".insteadOf "https://github.com/"
$ cat ~/.gitconfig
[url "git@github.com:"]
	insteadOf = https://github.com/
$ go get github.com/private/repo && echo Success!
Success!

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mkrull commented Jan 21, 2015

This will cause problems with go get -u github.com/private/repo later on though

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anphung commented Jan 22, 2015

$ go get -u github.com/private/repo workaround:

$ cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/private/repo && git pull
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dmitshur commented Jan 31, 2015

This will cause problems with go get -u github.com/private/repo later on though

@mkrull, you are right. That's a change introduced with Go 1.4 (which is after I came up with this solution).

@anphung, an alternative workaround would be to use go get -u -f github.com/private/repo:

The -f flag, valid only when -u is set, forces get -u not to verify that each package has been checked out from the source control repository implied by its import path. This can be useful if the source is a local fork of the original.

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drichardson commented Aug 1, 2015

I wrote a script called gogetprivate, which first tries go get, and then falls back to git clone. My version on works with bitbucket right now (since that's where my private repos are) but I imagine it could be made to work with github as well.

https://github.com/drichardson/gogetprivate

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bobziuchkovski commented Feb 7, 2016

An alternative to using git@github.com is to generate a personal access token on your GitHub account, grant it repo access, and then use the following instead:

git config --global url."https://${GITHUB_TOKEN}:x-oauth-basic@github.com/".insteadOf "https://github.com/"

That should still work with go get -u, and also works with Docker builds (my particular use case, and how I came across your gist).

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pedrocarrico commented Feb 11, 2016

Thanks @bobziuchkovski that seems like a good alternative 👍

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michael-px commented Jun 1, 2016

This doesn't currently work on go 1.5.1. none of the config --global options work.

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abbviemr commented Sep 4, 2016

Worked just fine for me on go 1.7. Thank you @bobziuchkovski!

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AlexanderPavlenko commented Feb 2, 2017

Credentials may be stored in the ~/.git-credentials file.

git config --global credential.helper store
echo "https://${GITHUB_TOKEN}:x-oauth-basic@github.com" >> ~/.git-credentials

git:// protocol is less secure

git config --global url."https://github.com".insteadOf git://github.com
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akillmer commented Feb 3, 2017

I got a Raspberry Pi that I wanted to go get some private repos with; after trying a few different solutions it was the one suggested by @bobziuchkovski that did the trick -- thank you! (FWIW, using Git 2.11 and Golang 1.7.5 linux/arm)

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nikhilmahesh commented Feb 15, 2017

Thanks @bobziuchkovski , Your solution helped !

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dcyou commented Mar 22, 2017

Thanks too @bobziuchkovski

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likewei92 commented Nov 2, 2017

I think @AlexanderPavlenko's solution is much better. Thanks!

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AndrewSav commented Jan 1, 2018

@AlexanderPavlenko

git:// protocol is less secure

Sorry, what? Where did you read that?

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elyscape commented Mar 1, 2018

@AndrewSav From Pro Git:

[The Git protocol] listens on a dedicated port (9418) that provides a service similar to the SSH protocol, but with absolutely no authentication.
[...]
The downside of the Git protocol is the lack of authentication. It’s generally undesirable for the Git protocol to be the only access to your project. Generally, you’ll pair it with SSH or HTTPS access for the few developers who have push (write) access and have everyone else use git:// for read-only access.

This is why git+ssh:// and git+https:// exist.

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hookover commented Nov 7, 2019

I want to use only the ssh protocol
The server supports only ssh and http protocols, not git protocols

#git ls-remote ssh://git@git.a.com/INA_financial/common_libs.git

2ca7f8d2d53331655bb18cd91906772cb5c4dcc0        HEAD
2ca7f8d2d53331655bb18cd91906772cb5c4dcc0        refs/heads/master
436b69c6abbc6f923232877616dfb7d46eb9d22b        refs/tags/v0.1.0
bc8a543429123241493923ea9ee0214d7294c362        refs/tags/v0.1.0^{}
f1b5d04d313e9e8336a135a1e13cde3b2a5d26ec        refs/tags/v0.2.0
22b4290b0c924378a38ce04bc2b7cad21ba297c3        refs/tags/v0.2.0^{}

cat ~/.gitconfig

[user]
        email = jack@a.com
[url "ssh://git@git.a.com:"]
        insteadOf = https://git.a.com

#env GIT_TERMINAL_PROMPT=1 go get -v git.a.com/INA_financial/common_libs.git

verifying git.a.com/INA_financial/common_libs.git@v0.2.0: git.a.com/INA_financial/common_libs.git@v0.2.0: reading https://sum.golang.org/lookup/git.a.com/!i!n!a_financial/common_libs.git@v0.2.0: 410 Gone

=========================================================================================

cat ~/.gitconfig

[user]
        email = jack@a.com
[url "ssh://git@git.a.com:"]
        insteadOf = http://git.a.com   //change from https to http

#go get -v -insecure git.a.com/INA_financial/common_libs.git

# cd .; git ls-remote git://git.a.com/INA_financial/common_libs
fatal: unable to connect to git.a.com:
git.a.com[0: 54.255.254.175]: errno=Connection refused

get "git.a.com/INA_financial": found meta tag get.metaImport{Prefix:"git.a.com/INA_financial", VCS:"git", RepoRoot:"http://git.a.com/INA_financial.git"} at //git.a.com/INA_financial?go-get=1
# cd .; git ls-remote https://git.a.com/INA_financial/common_libs
fatal: unable to access 'https://git.a.com/INA_financial/common_libs/': Failed to connect to git.a.com port 443: Connection refused
get "git.a.com": found meta tag get.metaImport{Prefix:"git.a.com", VCS:"git", RepoRoot:"http://git.a.com.git"} at //git.a.com/?go-get=1
go get git.a.com/INA_financial/common_libs.git: git ls-remote -q http://git.a.com/INA_financial.git in /Users/jack/go/pkg/mod/cache/vcs/8dbf799342ee3e0c5c7ad8a0b4d6b190efeb7355c25556ab50721c2f4014c1e2: exit status 128:
        GitLab: The project you were looking for could not be found.
        fatal: Could not read from remote repository.
        
        Please make sure you have the correct access rights
        and the repository exists.

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