Multiple SSH keys Problem is, Bitbucket doesn’t allow you to use the same SSH key with more than one Bitbucket account. I still have my old work account to tidy up loose ends.
As GitHub explains you can generate an SSH key like so:
cd ~/.ssh ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "[email protected]"
You are then prompted for an optional password. After the key is generate you copy & paste it into your GitHub or Bitbucket account settings. On Mac OS X (10.8), which I’m using, copying to the clipboard is simple:
pbcopy < ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub
With multiple Bitbucket accounts (and I assume GitHub too) you need multiple SSH keys. To generate a second key with a different name:
ssh-keygen -t rsa -f ~/.ssh/accountB -C "[email protected]"
To use multiple keys create a file at ~/.ssh/config with contents similar to:
Host bitbucket.org User git Hostname bitbucket.org PreferredAuthentications publickey IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa Host bitbucket-accountB User git Hostname bitbucket.org PreferredAuthentications publickey IdentitiesOnly yes IdentityFile ~/.ssh/accountB
With this set up I can clone with my default key as Bitbucket suggests:
If I want to clone a repository from my second account I can alter the command to use the second SSH key I generated:
In fact, if I wanted to I could have a different SSH key for every account I have; GitHub, Bitbucket, or any other service that requires one.