How do I get git to default to ssh and not https for new repositories?

Question:

These days when I create a new repository on GitHub on the setup page I get:

And whenever I have to push a commit I need to enter my GitHub username and password.

I can manually change that to

in the .git/config. I find this quite irritating – is there some way I can configure git to use SSH by default?

Answer:

Set up a repository’s origin branch to be SSH

The GitHub repository setup page is just a suggested list of commands (and GitHub now suggests using the HTTPS protocol). Unless you have administrative access to GitHub’s site, I don’t know of any way to change their suggested commands.

If you’d rather use the SSH protocol, simply add a remote branch like so (i.e. use this command in place of GitHub’s suggested command). To modify an existing branch, see the next section.


Modify a pre-existing repository

As you already know, to switch a pre-existing repository to use SSH instead of HTTPS, you can change the remote url within your .git/config file.

A shortcut is to use the set-url command:

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