Git: Setup Name and Email

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Set Up Name and Email Info

You need to setup a default name and email. Else, git won't let you commit.

Everytime you commit, your user name and email is in part of the commit info. This allows git to show who did what, when working in a team. That's why user name and email are required. (you can use random name and email if you want)

Type the following in a terminal.

git config --global "name"
Set up default name. If name contains space, need to wrap the name in quote.
git config --global "email"
Set up default email

This creates a file at ~/.gitconfig

You can run these commands again to change. (you can also edit the file directly.)

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