git config credential.helper 'store [<options>]'
Using this helper will store your passwords unencrypted on disk, protected only by filesystem permissions. If this is not an acceptable security tradeoff, try git-credential-cache(1), or find a helper that integrates with secure storage provided by your operating system.
This command stores credentials indefinitely on disk for use by future Git programs.
You probably don't want to invoke this command directly; it is meant to be used as a credential helper by other parts of git. See gitcredentials(7) or EXAMPLES below.
If not set explicitly with --file, there are two files where git-credential-store will search for credentials in order of precedence:
For credential lookups, the files are read in the order given above, with the first matching credential found taking precedence over credentials found in files further down the list.
Credential storage will by default write to the first existing file in the list. If none of these files exist, ~/.git-credentials will be created and written to.
The point of this helper is to reduce the number of times you must type your username or password. For example:
$ git config credential.helper store $ git push http://example.com/repo.git Username: <type your username> Password: <type your password> [several days later] $ git push http://example.com/repo.git [your credentials are used automatically]
The .git-credentials file is stored in plaintext. Each credential is stored on its own line as a URL like:
No other kinds of lines (e.g. empty lines or comment lines) are allowed in the file, even though some may be silently ignored. Do not view or edit the file with editors.
When Git needs authentication for a particular URL context, credential-store will consider that context a pattern to match against each entry in the credentials file. If the protocol, hostname, and username (if we already have one) match, then the password is returned to Git. See the discussion of configuration in gitcredentials(7) for more information.
Part of the git(1) suite