How Can I Save Username and Password in Gi

Better Stack Team
Updated on June 24, 2024

To save your username and password in Git, you can use the credential helper feature. Git provides several credential helpers that you can use to securely store credentials. One commonly used credential helper is the store helper, which stores credentials in plain text in a file on your local disk.

Here's how you can enable the store credential helper:

  1. Open your terminal or command prompt.
  2. Run the following command to enable the store credential helper:

    git config --global credential.helper store

    This command tells Git to use the store credential helper globally, which means it will be used for all repositories on your system.

  3. The first time you interact with a remote repository that requires authentication (e.g., when pushing or pulling), Git will prompt you for your username and password. Enter your credentials as prompted.

  4. Git will store your credentials in a plain-text file (~/.git-credentials on Unix-like systems or %USERPROFILE%\\.git-credentials on Windows) with your username and password. Subsequent interactions with the same remote repository will use the stored credentials automatically.


  • Storing credentials using the store helper is convenient but less secure because credentials are stored in plain text.
  • Be cautious when using the store helper on shared or public computers, as it exposes your credentials to anyone who has access to your user account.
  • For increased security, consider using other credential helpers such as cache, osxkeychain (on macOS), wincred (on Windows), or credential-manager (on Windows). These helpers store credentials in an encrypted format.
  • Alternatively, you can use SSH keys for authentication, which provides a more secure and convenient way to authenticate with Git repositories.
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