Introduction

Git offers three possibilities on how you can set your username and email. The settings will be considered in the following order, where 1. will always override 2. and 2. will override 3..

  1. project - The data is stored directly in the corresponding project(repository) under .git/config.
  2. global - for all repositories of the current user. The config file can be found in your home directory ~/.gitconfig.
  3. system - This is a system wide configuration and is available for all users and all repositories. You will find it in /etc/gitconfig.

In the most cases you will setup a global config for your user and additionally - if you work for example for different companies - you will also setup project specific configurations.

Set the username/email for a specific repository

git config user.name "Your project specific name"
git config user.email "your@project-specific-email.com"

Verify your settings:

git config --get user.name
git config --get user.email

Set the username/email globally

git config --global user.name "Your global username"
git config --global user.email "your@email.com"

Verify your settings:

git config --global --get user.name
git config --global --get user.email

Set the username/email system wide

This is a case which is usually not needed, but we will list it in any case.

git config --system user.name "Your default name"
git config --system user.email "your@system-email.com"

Verify your settings:

git config --system --get user.name
git config --system --get user.email

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