SSH set up for git on Mac OS

Check the ssh client version.

ssh -V

List the contents of ~/.ssh directory. Create this .ssh directory if doesn’t exist in your home directory.

ls -a ~/.ssh

Go to the ~/.ssh directory, and create identitiy files. When promoted for file location, name or passphrase, press enter for default location, name and no passphrase. Or enter the location, name and passphrase of your choice.

cd ~/.ssh

Check if the ssh-agent is running.

ps -e | grep [s]sh-agent

Start the ssh-agent if it isn’t running.

ssh-agent /bin/bash

Load the identity files in ~/.ssh create by ssh-keygen above into ssh-agent. The name of the identitify file can be someting else instead of id_rsa if you chose your own name instead of the default one.

ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Load the identity files automatically on OS restart.

ssh-add -K ~/.ssh/id_rsa_bb

Show the identity key files in the ssh-agent

ssh-add -l

To install the public key on remote repository host server, such as github or bitbucket. Copy the content of public file and save it to github or bitucket account.

cat ~/.ssh/

To change from https to ssh

git remote -v
git remote set-url origin

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