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How to use different git emails for different projects

Michał Łęcicki
Ruby Developer

Working in a software house means changing projects from time to time. Usually, I have to use a separate git account for a new project. But I don't want to delete my original account, rather I'd like to have both. It's easy to solve, but surprisingly I see many people have problems with it. Here's the solution.

First of all, for each project/projects group add a custom .gitconfig file - (/Projects/project/.gitconfig) with desired git configuration:

[user]
  name = Michal Lecicki
  email = michal.lecicki@project.com

In another project, I could have a little different data:

[user]
  name = Michal Lecicki
  email = mlecicki@another_project.com

Finally, make a global git setup aware of additional configuration. Add to top-level .gitconfig file:

[user] # my default settings
  name = maikhel
  email = maikhel@maikhel.pl
[includeIf "gitdir:~/Projects/project/"]
  path = ~/Projects/project/.gitconfig
[includeIf "gitdir:~/Projects/another_project/"]
  path = ~/Projects/another_project/.gitconfig
(...)

This way I make sure that my commits are signed with the correct email for each client. It helps to look professional and doesn't break Jira/Trello/other magic tool integration which identifies user actions by email.

Michał Łęcicki
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