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Multiple SSH Keys settings for different github account

create different public key

create different ssh key according the article Mac Set-Up Git

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C ""

Please refer to github ssh issues for common problems.

for example, 2 keys created at:


then, add these two keys as following

$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa_activehacker
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa_jexchan

you can delete all cached keys before

$ ssh-add -D

finally, you can check your saved keys

$ ssh-add -l

Modify the ssh config

$ cd ~/.ssh/
$ touch config
$ nano -a config
(**nano** is the editor present on most systems, but use what you prefer)

Then added

#activehacker account
Host github-activehacker
	User activehacker
	IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa_activehacker
	IdentitiesOnly yes

#jexchan account
Host github-jexchan
	User jexchan
	IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa_jexchan
	IdentitiesOnly yes

Clone you repo and modify your Git config

clone your repo git clone git@:/gfs.git (gfs_jexchan|activehacker) where is the Host you set in ~/.ssh/config and is the corresponding account username

...or for an existing working directory git remote set-url origin git@:/gfs.git

cd gfs_jexchan and modify git config

$ git config "jexchan"
$ git config ""

cd activehacker

$ git config "activehacker"
$ git config "" 

or you can have global git config, but I don't recommend this if you will be accessing multiple accounts from the same machine $ git config --global "jexchan" $ git config --global ""

but make sure to (in local directory), for every repo that you don't
want to access as user "jexchan"
	$ git config --local "activehacker"
	$ git config --local ""

then use normal flow to push your code

$ git add .
$ git commit -m "your comments"
$ git push

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