When I do

git push

I get the command prompt like

Username for 'https://github.com':

then I enter my username manually like

Username for 'https://github.com': myusername

and then I hit Enter and I get prompt for my password

Password for 'https://myusername@github.com':

I want the username to be written automatically instead of manually having to type it all the time.

I tried doing it with xdotool but it didn't work out.

I have already done

git config --global user.name myusername
git config --global user.email myemail@gmail.com

but still it always asks for me to type manually

  • you know you can store credentials with git, right? – Diego Roccia Jul 18 '17 at 13:41
  • You should set up an SSH key on GitHub and use that instead. – Stephen Kitt Jul 18 '17 at 13:42
  • @DiegoRoccia yes, mentioned that as well in the question, but it doesn't help. – GypsyCosmonaut Jul 18 '17 at 13:45
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    You can use as git config credential.helper store described here: stackoverflow.com/questions/11403407/… In this case you do not store the password in clear text in the origin URL, but in a file in you profile. (Also not encrypted) – Oleg Rudenko Mar 15 '19 at 17:43

Actually what you did there is setting up the author information, just for the commits. You didn't store the credentials. credentials can be stored in 2 ways:

  1. using the git credential functions: https://git-scm.com/docs/git-credential-store
  2. change the origin url to "https://username:password@github.com".
  3. a third alternative is to use an ssh key (as @StephenKitt said). For github configuration, you can find all needed information in GitHub help page
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    adding username and password to origin url is not good becouse of security reasons but if you feel yourself in secure then this is best path. – kodmanyagha Mar 18 '20 at 16:38

In Terminal, enter the following to enable credential memory:

$ git config --global credential.helper cache

You may update the default password cache timeout (in seconds):

# This cache timeout is in seconds
$ git config --global credential.helper 'cache --timeout=3600' 

You may also use (but please use the single quotes, else double quotes may break for some characters):

$ git config --global user.name 'your user name'
$ git config --global user.password 'your password'
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    how to cache forever? – R. Gurung Jul 5 '20 at 17:16
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    @R.Gurung Use git config credential.helper 'store in that case, but be aware that this stores your git credentials on disk in plain-text, without any encryption whatsoever. (~/.git-credentials) – Per Lundberg Dec 8 '20 at 11:29
  • Note, the above snippet should be --global flagged as well and close its opening ' such that it reads: git config --global credential.helper 'store' – Albert Renshaw Mar 9 at 1:29

Copied this from git scm

$ git config credential.helper store
$ git push http://example.com/repo.git
Username: <type your username>
Password: <type your password>
[several days later]
$ git push http://example.com/repo.git

[your credentials are used automatically]

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