Chapters ▾ 2nd Edition

6.1 GitHub - Account Setup and Configuration

O GitHub é o maior hospedeiro dos repositórios Git e é o ponto central da colaboração para milhões de desenvolvedores e projetos. Uma grande porcentagem de todos os repositórios Git estão hospedados no GitHub, e muitos projetos de código aberto usam-no para hospedagem Git, rastreamento de problemas, revisão de código e outras coisas. Então, embora não seja uma parte direta do projeto de código aberto Git, há uma boa chance de que tu queiras ou precises interagir com o GitHub em algum momento ao usares o Git profissionalmente.

Este capítulo fala de como usar efetivamente o GitHub. Vamos abordar a assinatura e gertão de uma conta, criando e usando repositórios Git, fluxos de trabalho comuns para contribuir com projetos e aceitar contribuições para os teus, a interface programática do GitHub e muitas pequenas dicas para facilitar a tua vida em geral.

Se não estás interessado em usar o GitHub para hospedar os teus próprios projetos ou para colaborar com outros projetos que estão hospedados no GitHub, podes saltar com segurança para Ferramentas do Git.

Account Setup and Configuration

The first thing you need to do is set up a free user account. Simply visit, choose a user name that isn’t already taken, provide an email address and a password, and click the big green “Sign up for GitHub” button.

The GitHub sign-up form.
Figure 82. The GitHub sign-up form.

The next thing you’ll see is the pricing page for upgraded plans, but it’s safe to ignore this for now. GitHub will send you an email to verify the address you provided. Go ahead and do this, it’s pretty important (as we’ll see later).


GitHub provides all of its functionality with free accounts, with the limitation that all of your projects are fully public (everyone has read access). GitHub’s paid plans also include the option of creating private projects, but we won’t be covering those in this book.

Clicking the Octocat logo at the top-left of the screen will take you to your dashboard page. You’re now ready to use GitHub.

SSH Access

As of right now, you’re fully able to connect with Git repositories using the https:// protocol, authenticating with the username and password you just set up. However, to simply clone public projects, you don’t even need to sign up - the account we just created comes into play when we fork projects and push to our forks a bit later.

If you’d like to use SSH remotes, you’ll need to configure a public key. (If you don’t already have one, see Generating Your SSH Public Key.) Open up your account settings using the link at the top-right of the window:

The ``Account settings'' link.
Figure 83. The “Account settings” link.

Then select the “SSH keys” section along the left-hand side.

The ``SSH keys'' link.
Figure 84. The “SSH keys” link.

From there, click the "Add an SSH key" button, give your key a name, paste the contents of your ~/.ssh/ (or whatever you named it) public-key file into the text area, and click “Add key”.


Be sure to name your SSH key something you can remember. You can name each of your keys (e.g. "My Laptop" or "Work Account") so that if you need to revoke a key later, you can easily tell which one you’re looking for.

Your Avatar

Next, if you wish, you can replace the avatar that is generated for you with an image of your choosing. First go to the “Profile” tab (above the SSH Keys tab) and click “Upload new picture”.

The ``Profile'' link.
Figure 85. The “Profile” link.

We’ll choose a copy of the Git logo that is on our hard drive and then we get a chance to crop it.

Crop your uploaded avatar.
Figure 86. Crop your avatar

Now anywhere you interact on the site, people will see your avatar next to your username.

If you happen to have uploaded an avatar to the popular Gravatar service (often used for Wordpress accounts), that avatar will be used by default and you don’t need to do this step.

Your Email Addresses

The way that GitHub maps your Git commits to your user is by email address. If you use multiple email addresses in your commits and you want GitHub to link them up properly, you need to add all the email addresses you have used to the Emails section of the admin section.

Add all your email addresses.
Figure 87. Add email addresses

In Add email addresses we can see some of the different states that are possible. The top address is verified and set as the primary address, meaning that is where you’ll get any notifications and receipts. The second address is verified and so can be set as the primary if you wish to switch them. The final address is unverified, meaning that you can’t make it your primary address. If GitHub sees any of these in commit messages in any repository on the site, it will be linked to your user now.

Two Factor Authentication

Finally, for extra security, you should definitely set up Two-factor Authentication or “2FA”. Two-factor Authentication is an authentication mechanism that is becoming more and more popular recently to mitigate the risk of your account being compromised if your password is stolen somehow. Turning it on will make GitHub ask you for two different methods of authentication, so that if one of them is compromised, an attacker will not be able to access your account.

You can find the Two-factor Authentication setup under the Security tab of your Account settings.

2FA in the Security Tab
Figure 88. 2FA in the Security Tab

If you click on the “Set up two-factor authentication” button, it will take you to a configuration page where you can choose to use a phone app to generate your secondary code (a “time based one-time password”), or you can have GitHub send you a code via SMS each time you need to log in.

After you choose which method you prefer and follow the instructions for setting up 2FA, your account will then be a little more secure and you will have to provide a code in addition to your password whenever you log into GitHub.