How to Setup Multiple Git Accounts in the Same Machine

Separate Your Personal and Work Projects

Post cover image displaying the Git logo
Separation of Concerns!

Most of the developers are using Git as their version control system and sometimes it comes in handy to have Git set up and configured for multiple accounts for example work and personal configs and accounts.

In this post, we will see why and how to set up multiple configurations for a seamless workflow.

Tables of contents:


  • Git installed and basic understanding


The main use case for this kind of setup is when you have a single machine on which you develop and code on work and personal projects where you usually don't have the same Git accounts for both of them.


You can start by installing Git if you haven't already, after that we will be creating two files for each account/config, by default none of these files are created.

Let's start by checking them (run command in your home directory ~):

cd ~ && ls -la | grep .gitconfig

The above command should output no files.

I will be assuming that you have the following file structure for work and personal projects, but you can adapt as needed.

│   └───my-cool-project
│       │   index.html
│       │   ...
│   └───my-professional-project
│       │   index.html
│       │   ...

Now let's set our global config, this will create a file for the personal account:

git config --global "nizar"
git config --global "[email protected]"

Let's check the personal config:

git config -l

You should be able to see what we have just set above.

Now let's do a little demo to verify our personal configuration:

Git personal config demo
Git personal config demo

As you can see I've created a directory for my personal project and initialized a Git repository within a project folder, looking at the Git log we can my personal info being applied.

Now since this is sorted out, Let's configure our work/professional account, but before we start I want you to take a look at the root directory for a file called .gitconfig.

Git global config file
Git global configuration file

We will be modifying this file and be creating a new similar one.

Modify the .gitconfig file:

	name = nizar
	email = [email protected]

[includeIf "gitdir:/home/nizar/work-projects/"]
	path = /home/nizar/.gitconfig-work

As you noticed we added an IF statement, telling Git if it is in our work-projects directory (which we will be creating next) use the .gitconfig-work configuration instead of the global one.

Create the work-projects directory:

mkdir /home/nizar/work-projects

Create the .gitconfig-work file next to the old one:

nano /home/nizar/.gitconfig-work

The content will be similar in structure, adapt as needed:

        name = nizar-work-name
        email = [email protected]

Again, let's do a demo of this work account/configuration:

Note: user and host names are a bit different, it was a mistake on my part, but the image should represent the point without a problem.

Git work configuration demo

As you can see, the work configuration is applied in this directory instead of the global personal configuration.


Applying the above steps, it's safe to say that we are done with our multiple Git accounts setups.

As always, I hope you learned something.

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