VSTS Git Credential Manager

by Carlos Mendible on 28 Feb 2016 » DevOps

Since the year started I’ve been working hard with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) with Git as source control. I was getting tired of entering my git credentials on each clone, pull or push, on Windows or Mac OS X, so this weekend I decided to surf the web and look for a multi-platform solution.

I found exactly what I needed: Git Credential Manager (GCM) a Git credential helper that assists with multi-factor authentication and the best thing is that it works for windows, mac or linux.

To try it on my mac I performed the following steps:

  1. brew update
  2. brew install git-credential-manager
  3. git-credential-manager install

Then I tried to clone a repo hosted in VSTS and the GCM opened a web browser to let me authenticate to my account using OAuth 2.0 as shown in the following picture:

git credential manager

Once authenticated, the clone command completed without issues and could pull or push without Git asking for credentials.

Tomorrow I’ll try it on Windows!

Hope it helps!

UPDATE:

I did try it on Windows and everything worked like a charm!