I recently committed an API key to a repository and even worse, I pushed to GitHub before I realized my mistake… Removing the key from the code base wouldn’t completely solve my problem since a commit diff would still display my secret key. The solution was to remove that commit from history.
Removing commit from history is usually frown upon BUT this is one case I think it’s totally ok to do it.
I followed the steps on this blog post and everything worked as planned.
NOTE : I created a new commit to remove the key from my code base. Then, I had to remove from history the second and third to last commit, so I used
HEAD~3 instead of the
HEAD~1 that the blog post recommended (meaning I rebased on the fourth commit down the list –
c6e47fc (HEAD -> master, origin/master, origin/HEAD) Move API call to backend to remove API key19ebc19 Display weather info on screen - raw5b0c55b Replace API endpoint751b4c7 Update reference links on readmeeb04486 add logic for output depending on temp6807eb4 Display condition in viewf034573 clean up comments and linter errors
TL;DR for my case:
$ git log --pretty=oneline --abbrev-commit$ git rebase -i HEAD~3$ git push origin +<name of branch>$ git log --pretty=oneline --abbrev-commit
BONUS TIP : Use
git show HEAD~3 to confirm that this is the correct commit to serve as the basis for your new head.
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