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Avoid Typing Password on Git Every Time on Windows

April 14th, 2016 - IT(1 min)

Today I’ve updated Android Studio and, when I wanted to fetch stuff from git, it failed (connection issues). Initially, I thought it was because I’m behind a proxy, but all proxy settings were working OK (unchanged, also command line worked just fine).

Apparently, the git plugin doesn’t ask (anymore?) for a password… So, I need a way to allow me not to type in the password every time (while still using https as protocol).

There are more ways to solve the problem:

  1. Put the passowrd in the URL. This is obviously the most insecure; you’d end up with something like

    git checkout https://user:[email protected]:port
  2. If you’re using a git version > 1.8, then you can do (on windows):

    git config --global credential.helper wincred
  3. Newer git comes with its own management thing which uses the OS security. You’ll get a nice dialog prompting you for credentials. It seems that once you’ve entered them correcly, they’re reused every time (no timeout).

HTH,

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A little experiment: