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Configure a Git User

last updated at 2022-12-20

Git always signs commits with a name and e-mail address of the user. These are then also used by GitLab and GitHub to associate the commits to user accounts.


Check the git user configuration on your system, by executing

git config --global --get-regexp user

This should prompt two lines: <Your Name> <Your Email>

If this does not prompt anything or if you want to change the configuration, follow the next steps.

Global Git Configuration

Set the git configuration globally (for your system):

  1. Your name
git config --global <Your Name>
  1. Your email address
git config --global <Your Email>
  1. Check it
git config --global --get-regexp user

💡 Configuration needs to be done only once after installation of git on your system.

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