Every time I want to push and/or pull from the terminal (in Linux) I have to enter a password. How do I remove this so that it pulls and/or pushes without the password?

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    What is the protocol used by your repo address? ssh? https? – VonC Sep 22 '11 at 8:10

Generate a private/public key pair for password-less authentication.

For Linux, your keys are stored in ~/.ssh.

If you already have files in ~/.ssh that's named id_rsa and id_rsa.pub, then you already have a key pair. Append the contents of your public key (that's id_rsa.pub) to the Git repository's ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file.

$ scp ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub user@git.repo:id_rsa.tmp
$ ssh user@git.repo
$ cat id_rsa.tmp >> .ssh/authorized_keys

If you don't have the key pair, generate one with

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa

Read this for further instructions: http://inchoo.net/tools-frameworks/how-to-generate-ssh-keys-for-git-authorization/

  • @slhck Ah, didn't think of that! It'll be good to know the OS whirlwin is using before posting further instructions, though. – Jin Sep 22 '11 at 8:17
  • Thanks for the pointer. I Have updated the question accordingly! – whirlwin Sep 22 '11 at 8:22
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    When I run the first command I get a: You appear to be using ssh to clone a git:// URL. Make sure your core.gitProxy config option and the GIT_PROXY_COMMAND environment variable are NOT set. lost connection – MultiformeIngegno Apr 6 '13 at 0:38


git config credential.helper store

This will store your credentials in a folder inside root. You need to run git pull/push after this command and give the user name/pwd for the first time. Post this it will not prompt for user/pwd. Details at https://git-scm.com/docs/git-credential-store

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    this should be selected as the correct answer for this question. IMO, the OP wanted to ask about a solution for https to avoid having to enter username/password again and again, not switching to ssh solution. 1+ for this answer. – Giang Nguyen Nov 4 '16 at 18:37
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    The best answer – Mohamed Ben HEnda Apr 24 at 22:39
  • Note that store credential helper stores the password on disk unencrypted. – 0xc0de May 24 at 11:25

You can also just change your passphrase and replace it by an empty string :
ssh-keygen -p


I had created a new branch and after that when I pulling, I had to enter the user name and password. Then I resolve the problem re-cloning the branch with ssh address (which is on the relevant repository site).

For example:

git clone git@github.com:sshare/GLE.git

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