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Connecting to GitHub with SSH

You can connect to GitHub Enterprise Server using the Secure Shell Protocol (SSH), which provides a secure channel over an unsecured network.

  • About SSH

    Using the SSH protocol, you can connect and authenticate to remote servers and services. With SSH keys, you can connect to GitHub Enterprise Server without supplying your username and personal access token at each visit.

  • Checking for existing SSH keys

    Before you generate an SSH key, you can check to see if you have any existing SSH keys.

  • Generating a new SSH key and adding it to the ssh-agent

    After you've checked for existing SSH keys, you can generate a new SSH key to use for authentication, then add it to the ssh-agent.

  • Adding a new SSH key to your GitHub account

    To configure your GitHub Enterprise Server account to use your new (or existing) SSH key, you'll also need to add it to your GitHub Enterprise Server account.

  • Testing your SSH connection

    After you've set up your SSH key and added it to your GitHub Enterprise Server account, you can test your connection.

  • Working with SSH key passphrases

    You can secure your SSH keys and configure an authentication agent so that you won't have to reenter your passphrase every time you use your SSH keys.