How to Configure Git Username and Email Address

Git, the widely adopted distributed version control system, is an integral part of many software development workflows. One of the first steps after installing Git is to configure your Git username and email address. This configuration is crucial as Git associates your identity with every commit you make. This guide will walk you through the process of setting up your Git username and email, both globally and for individual repositories.

Setting Up Global Git Username and Email

The global Git username and email are associated with commits across all repositories on your system that don’t have repository-specific values. Here’s how to set your global commit name and email address:

git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global ""

After executing these commands, you can confirm that the information is set correctly by running:

git config --list

The output should display: Name

These commands save the values in the global configuration file, located at ~/.gitconfig. The file will look something like this:

    name = Your Name
    email =

While you can manually edit this file using a text editor, we recommend using the git config command to avoid any potential errors.

Configuring Git Username and Email for a Single Repository

There may be instances where you want to use a different username or email address for a specific repository. In such cases, you can set a repository-specific username and email address. Here’s how:

First, navigate to the repository root directory. For example, if your repository is stored in the ~/application/ directory, you would use:

cd ~/application/

Next, set the Git username and email address:

git config "Your Name"
git config ""

To verify that the changes were made correctly, run:

git config --list

The output should display the following: Name


Configuring your Git username and email address is straightforward using the git config command. These values are essential as they are associated with your commits. If you’re new to Git, consider exploring the Pro Git book, an excellent resource for learning how to use Git effectively.

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