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Configuring two-factor authentication

You can choose among multiple options to add a second source of authentication to your account.

You can configure two-factor authentication using a mobile app. You can also add a security key.

We strongly recommend using a time-based one-time password (TOTP) application to configure 2FA. TOTP apps support the secure backup of your authentication codes in the cloud and can be restored if you lose access to your device.


  • If you're a member or outside collaborator to a private repository of an organization that requires two-factor authentication, you must leave the organization before you can disable 2FA on your GitHub Enterprise Server instance.
  • If you disable 2FA, you will automatically lose access to the organization and any private forks you have of the organization's private repositories. To regain access to the organization and your forks, re-enable two-factor authentication and contact an organization owner.

Configuring two-factor authentication using a TOTP mobile app

A time-based one-time password (TOTP) application automatically generates an authentication code that changes after a certain period of time. We recommend using cloud-based TOTP apps such as:

Tip: To configure authentication via TOTP on multiple devices, during setup, scan the QR code using each device at the same time. If 2FA is already enabled and you want to add another device, you must re-configure 2FA from your security settings.

  1. Download a TOTP app.

  2. 在任何页面的右上角,单击个人资料照片,然后单击“设置”。

    用户栏中的 Settings 图标

  3. In the left sidebar, click Account security. Personal account security settings

  4. 在“双因素身份验证”下,单击“启用双因素身份验证”。 启用双因素身份验证选项

  5. Under "Two-factor authentication", select Set up using an app and click Continue.

  6. Under "Authentication verification", do one of the following:

    • Scan the QR code with your mobile device's app. After scanning, the app displays a six-digit code that you can enter on GitHub Enterprise Server.
    • If you can't scan the QR code, click enter this text code to see a code that you can manually enter in your TOTP app instead. Click enter this code
  7. The TOTP mobile application saves your account on your GitHub Enterprise Server instance and generates a new authentication code every few seconds. On GitHub Enterprise Server, type the code into the field under "Enter the six-digit code from the application". TOTP enter code field

  8. 在“保存恢复代码”下,单击“下载”将恢复代码下载到设备。 将它们保存到安全位置,因为如果您失去访问权限,恢复代码可以帮助您回到帐户。 要下载的恢复代码列表

  9. 保存双因素恢复代码后,单击“我已保存恢复代码”,以便为帐户启用双因素身份验证。

  10. (可选)可以配置附加的 2FA 方法,以降低帐户锁定的风险。 有关如何配置每个附加方法的更多详细信息,请参阅“使用 GitHub Mobile 配置双因素身份验证”和“使用安全密钥配置双因素身份验证”。 附加的双因素方法部分

  11. 在保存恢复代码并启用 2FA 后,建议注销并重新登录您的帐户。 如有问题,例如忘记密码或输错电子邮件地址, 您可以使用恢复码访问您的帐户并更正问题。

Configuring two-factor authentication using a security key

配置 2FA 后,使用基于时间的一次性密码 (TOTP) 移动应用 添加安全密钥,例如指纹读取器或Windows Hello。 启用安全密钥身份验证的技术称为 WebAuthn。 WebAuthn 是 U2F 的继承者,适用于所有现代浏览器。 有关详细信息,请参阅“WebAuthn”和“是否可以使用。”

On most devices and browsers, you can use a physical security key over USB or NFC. Some browsers can use the fingerprint reader, facial recognition, or password/PIN on your device as a security key.

Authentication with a security key is secondary to authentication with a TOTP application. If you lose your security key, you'll still be able to use your phone's code to sign in.

  1. You must have already configured 2FA via a TOTP mobile app.

  2. Ensure that you have a WebAuthn compatible security key inserted into your computer.

  3. 在任何页面的右上角,单击个人资料照片,然后单击“设置”。

    用户栏中的 Settings 图标

  4. In the left sidebar, click Account security. Personal account security settings

  5. Next to "Security keys", click Add. Add security keys option

  6. Under "Security keys", click Register new security key. Registering a new security key

  7. Type a nickname for the security key, then click Add. Providing a nickname for a security key

  8. Activate your security key, following your security key's documentation. Prompt for a security key

  9. Confirm that you've downloaded and can access your recovery codes. If you haven't already, or if you'd like to generate another set of codes, download your codes and save them in a safe place. For more information, see "Downloading your 2FA recovery codes."

  10. 在保存恢复代码并启用 2FA 后,建议注销并重新登录您的帐户。 如有问题,例如忘记密码或输错电子邮件地址, 您可以使用恢复码访问您的帐户并更正问题。

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