Context I have one Gitlab account for personal and one for company use. To make sure my commits line up correctly with the email used in the SSH keys, I decided to have separate SSH keys for each account. The way it works is you need to create two sets (public and private) of keys. And then modify the SSH config and git config to get them to work.
I’m doing this on a Lubuntu machine. These may also work on an OSX machine.
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "email@example.com" -b 4096
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "firstname.lastname@example.org" -b 4096
Name them appropriately, when it asks. I named mine
gitlab-work. I also don’t use a passphrase.
Once complete, open up your
~/.ssh/config file create two entries.
Host gitlab.com-personal HostName gitlab.com User git IdentityFile ~/.ssh/gitlab-personal Host gitlab.com-work HostName gitlab.com User git IdentityFile ~/.ssh/gitlab-work
You need to add “-personal” and a “-work” after the hostname to differentiate the two SSH profiles. We’ll see how these come into play next.
Last step is modifying the git config file of the repo you’re working on.
The config file is located here
.git/config. In it you’ll see a section like this (assuming you’ve setup your remote repo and named it ‘origin’):
[remote "origin"] url = email@example.com:kar.ai/www.git fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
Now you need to add the “-personal” or “-work” in the URL as needed. In my case, this was a personal project, so:
[remote "origin"] url = firstname.lastname@example.org:kar.ai/www.git fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
Now you can push to the Gitlab repository, and it’ll use the right SSH key to do so. Of course, you’ll have to set up the SSH key on Gitlab as well. Refer to the documentation.