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Set user name and email – Git

Summary

To set your user name for Git, enter the following command in your terminal:

git config --global user.name "Your Name"

To set your email for Git, enter the following command in your terminal:

git config --global user.email youremail@example.com

Details

If you need to change your user name or email, you can use the same commands from above. Replace “Your Name” with your actual name and youremail@example.com with your actual email address.

To check your list of settings, including your user name and email, enter the following command in your terminal:

git config --list

You should see something similar to the following print out in your terminal:

credential.helper=osxkeychain
filter.lfs.required=true
filter.lfs.clean=git-lfs clean -- %f
filter.lfs.smudge=git-lfs smudge -- %f
filter.lfs.process=git-lfs filter-process
user.name=John Smith
user.email=john.smith@simpledev.io

Exercises

Use the commands from the summary to set your username and email address for Git. Use git config --list to check that they were set correctly.

References

First-Time Git Setup from the Pro Git book

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