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Lucas Neves Pereira
Lucas Neves Pereira

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Gituser CLI - Switch between git accounts easily

Hello there πŸ™‚

First of all you all may be wondering "What in the world is gituser??"

Gituser is a command line interface made with Golang that helps to switch between different git user accounts.

I have built this cli because I was using my laptop for my personal projects, my school projects and my work related projects. Meaning I had multiple git user accounts in my machine.

Every time I had to type the following command:

git config --global "myUserName"
git config --global "myEmail"
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This may not be the need of a lot of developers but I've decided to put this program as open source in case other developers need it. You can find the project here as well as the contribution guide I have wrote.

Being a newbie to golang and open source projects I think that this program as a lot of room for improvement.


Gituser can be use globally in your machine, that's the point of cli tools I guess πŸ˜€ , therefore there is a few steps that you need to make like exporting variables on your PATH, I have also wrote a guide about how to proceed on MacOS. You can find it here. I know that this can be improved but I just don't have enough experience about building "installers".

Once you have the tool on your machine you can test it out by running gituser on a terminal.


This will print you a manual.


There are currently 3 modes available in the program:

  • πŸ’» work : for a work related git account.
  • πŸ“š school : for a school related git account.
  • 🏠 personal : for a personal related git account.

You can run gituser -now to see what mode you are using.

To switch from a mode to another you just have to run gituser <mode>.


gituser work
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gituser school
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gituser personal
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Data configuration

The modes are cool but we need to actually add our multiple git accounts data to our program.

To do so you just have to run:

gituser config
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This will prompt you to a select where you can choose what mode account you want to configure.

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After choosing your mode you just have to enter your username and email of the related git account.

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This will then write your data to a local data.jsonfile that you normally exported to your PATH if you followed the installation guide πŸ‘πŸΌ


That's basically what I have for now! You can use gituser and test it out.

Hope this helps developers that have the same need as I. Feel free to leave some remarks, I know there is a quite of them. Once again I am very new to this world πŸ˜€.

Find the project here.

See you soon! πŸ‘‹πŸΌ

Top comments (1)

fyapy profile image

Thank you very much, it helps a lot to quickly switch between work and personal git configs!