Steps to configure Git and remote origin

These were the steps I took to setup Git on my new computer to work with Github through SSH.

First, set your global git config on your machine. I am using a Mac so Git came preinstalled. You’ll want to configure your username and email associated with your account using the commands below.

git config --global "coldsoup23"
git config --global ""

Then to push your commits using SSH you will need to create a new public / private key pair:

ssh-keygen -t rsa

On a Mac this will create a file at /Users/username/.ssh/id_rsa and also /Users/username/.ssh/

You will need to add the contents of the pubic key to your Github profile, you can print the contents to your terminal using the command:

cat /Users/username/.ssh/

Lastly, you will need to paste that into your Github profile:

  1. Click on your profile
  2. Click SSH keys at settings
  3. Click SSH and GPG keys
  4. Add a new key and paste the contents of

After that last step you will be configured to use Git on your local machine and push commits to a remote origin, in this case, Github.

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