git‐credential‐store − Helper to store credentials on disk

git config credential.helper 'store [<options>]'


     Using this helper will store your passwords unencrypted
     on disk, protected only by filesystem permissions. If
     this is not an acceptable security tradeoff, try git‐
     credential‐cache(1), or find a helper that integrates
     with secure storage provided by your operating system.

This command stores credentials indefinitely on disk for use
by future Git programs.

You probably don’t want to invoke this command directly; it
is meant to be used as a credential helper by other parts of
git. See gitcredentials(7) or EXAMPLES below.

     Use <path> to lookup and store credentials. The file
     will have its filesystem permissions set to prevent
     other users on the system from reading it, but will not
     be encrypted or otherwise protected. If not specified,
     credentials will be searched for from
     ~/.git−credentials and
     $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/git/credentials, and credentials will
     be written to ~/.git−credentials if it exists, or
     $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/git/credentials if it exists and the
     former does not. See also the section called “FILES”.

If not set explicitly with −−file, there are two files where
git−credential−store will search for credentials in order of

     User−specific credentials file.

     Second user−specific credentials file. If
     $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is not set or empty,
     $HOME/.config/git/credentials will be used. Any
     credentials stored in this file will not be used if
     ~/.git−credentials has a matching credential as well.
     It is a good idea not to create this file if you


     sometimes use older versions of Git that do not support

For credential lookups, the files are read in the order
given above, with the first matching credential found taking
precedence over credentials found in files further down the

Credential storage will by default write to the first
existing file in the list. If none of these files exist,
~/.git−credentials will be created and written to.

When erasing credentials, matching credentials will be
erased from all files.

The point of this helper is to reduce the number of times
you must type your username or password. For example:

     $ git config credential.helper store
     $ git push
     Username: <type your username>
     Password: <type your password>

     [several days later]
     $ git push
     [your credentials are used automatically]

The .git−credentials file is stored in plaintext. Each
credential is stored on its own line as a URL like:

No other kinds of lines (e.g. empty lines or comment lines)
are allowed in the file, even though some may be silently
ignored. Do not view or edit the file with editors.

When Git needs authentication for a particular URL context,
credential−store will consider that context a pattern to
match against each entry in the credentials file. If the
protocol, hostname, and username (if we already have one)
match, then the password is returned to Git. See the
discussion of configuration in gitcredentials(7) for more

Part of the git(1) suite