GIT-CREDENTIAL(1)                Git Manual                GIT-CREDENTIAL(1)

NAME         top

       git-credential - Retrieve and store user credentials

SYNOPSIS         top

       git credential <fill|approve|reject>

DESCRIPTION         top

       Git has an internal interface for storing and retrieving credentials
       from system-specific helpers, as well as prompting the user for
       usernames and passwords. The git-credential command exposes this
       interface to scripts which may want to retrieve, store, or prompt for
       credentials in the same manner as Git. The design of this scriptable
       interface models the internal C API; see the Git credential API[1]
       for more background on the concepts.

       git-credential takes an "action" option on the command-line (one of
       fill, approve, or reject) and reads a credential description on stdin

       If the action is fill, git-credential will attempt to add "username"
       and "password" attributes to the description by reading config files,
       by contacting any configured credential helpers, or by prompting the
       user. The username and password attributes of the credential
       description are then printed to stdout together with the attributes
       already provided.

       If the action is approve, git-credential will send the description to
       any configured credential helpers, which may store the credential for
       later use.

       If the action is reject, git-credential will send the description to
       any configured credential helpers, which may erase any stored
       credential matching the description.

       If the action is approve or reject, no output should be emitted.


       An application using git-credential will typically use git credential
       following these steps:

        1. Generate a credential description based on the context.

           For example, if we want a password for
 , we might generate the following
           credential description (don’t forget the blank line at the end;
           it tells git credential that the application finished feeding all
           the information it has):


        2. Ask git-credential to give us a username and password for this
           description. This is done by running git credential fill, feeding
           the description from step (1) to its standard input. The complete
           credential description (including the credential per se, i.e. the
           login and password) will be produced on standard output, like:


           In most cases, this means the attributes given in the input will
           be repeated in the output, but Git may also modify the credential
           description, for example by removing the path attribute when the
           protocol is HTTP(s) and credential.useHttpPath is false.

           If the git credential knew about the password, this step may not
           have involved the user actually typing this password (the user
           may have typed a password to unlock the keychain instead, or no
           user interaction was done if the keychain was already unlocked)
           before it returned password=secr3t.

        3. Use the credential (e.g., access the URL with the username and
           password from step (2)), and see if it’s accepted.

        4. Report on the success or failure of the password. If the
           credential allowed the operation to complete successfully, then
           it can be marked with an "approve" action to tell git credential
           to reuse it in its next invocation. If the credential was
           rejected during the operation, use the "reject" action so that
           git credential will ask for a new password in its next
           invocation. In either case, git credential should be fed with the
           credential description obtained from step (2) (which also contain
           the ones provided in step (1)).


       git credential reads and/or writes (depending on the action used)
       credential information in its standard input/output. This information
       can correspond either to keys for which git credential will obtain
       the login/password information (e.g. host, protocol, path), or to the
       actual credential data to be obtained (login/password).

       The credential is split into a set of named attributes, with one
       attribute per line. Each attribute is specified by a key-value pair,
       separated by an = (equals) sign, followed by a newline. The key may
       contain any bytes except =, newline, or NUL. The value may contain
       any bytes except newline or NUL. In both cases, all bytes are treated
       as-is (i.e., there is no quoting, and one cannot transmit a value
       with newline or NUL in it). The list of attributes is terminated by a
       blank line or end-of-file. Git understands the following attributes:

           The protocol over which the credential will be used (e.g.,

           The remote hostname for a network credential.

           The path with which the credential will be used. E.g., for
           accessing a remote https repository, this will be the
           repository’s path on the server.

           The credential’s username, if we already have one (e.g., from a
           URL, from the user, or from a previously run helper).

           The credential’s password, if we are asking it to be stored.

           When this special attribute is read by git credential, the value
           is parsed as a URL and treated as if its constituent parts were
           read (e.g., url= would behave as if
           protocol=https and had been provided). This can
           help callers avoid parsing URLs themselves. Note that any
           components which are missing from the URL (e.g., there is no
           username in the example above) will be set to empty; if you want
           to provide a URL and override some attributes, provide the URL
           attribute first, followed by any overrides.

NOTES         top

        1. the Git credential API

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