Git securely with this sample GitHub SSH URL

Example GitHub SSH URL

While HTTPS is a popular mechanism for communicating over the Internet, security-conscious organizations tend to prefer SSH because user-generated SSH keys provide a higher level of encryption and privacy.

In GitHub, SSH is enabled in two parts.

First, the user will create GitHub SSH keys that uniquely identify their account. Then the public half of the private key pair is saved to the user’s GitHub account.

Once these two steps are completed, the user can use the GitHub SSH URL to clone the repository of interest. All subsequence Git operations will happen over SSH.

Where is the GitHub SSH URL?

To find the GitHub SSH URL for a given repository, navigate to the repository home page and click the green Coded button. You will be presented with three distinct options for connecting to Git:

  1. A GitHub SSH URL
  2. A GitHub HTTPS URL
  3. A GitHub CLI link

Clone GitHub over SSH

Choose the GitHub SSH URL option, then copy the provided text string to your clipboard. It will look like this:

[email protected]:cameronmcnz/spring-boot-examples.git

This link can then be used with the git-clone order.

The operation will take place via a secure connection. Once the repository is cloned, you can continue to use Git as you normally would to version your progress and mark up your milestones. And whenever you push, pull, or checkout to a remote repository, it will all happen through a secure GitHub SSH URL.

You can find the GitHub SSH URL on the homepage of the repository you want to clone.

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