karn: Manage multiple Git identities with ease
Setup your Git repositories to always use a specific identity based on the directory tree.
With karn, you never have to manually change the local repository configuration to a different identity from your global.
karn will change your repository's local user.name and user.email configuration if necessary, but will never modify your global configuration.
Homebrew (OS X)
Install using Homebrew on OS X
brew install karn
Head to the releases page to download pre-built binaries for OS X/Linux/Windows.
You can install karn using Go with the following command:
go get github.com/prydonius/karn/cmd/karn
karn can be used in two ways!
Automatically check for identity updates before running a Git command
Note: this method overrides the
git command with a function that runs
karn update before executing the original Git command.
karn init to see exactly what the
git command is overriden with
If you're okay with the scary warnings above, add the following line to your shell startup script (e.g. .bash_profile, .zshrc)
if which karn > /dev/null; then eval "$(karn init)"; fi
Run manually when you want to update
Alternatively, you can run
karn update manually in a Git repository whenever you need to update your identity for that repository.
karn looks for a YAML configuration file in your home directory,
A sample configuration looks like this:
--- ~/Fun: name: Adnan Abdulhussein email: firstname.lastname@example.org ~/Fun/karn: name: Sisterhood of Karn email: email@example.com /Work: name: Adnan A email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In a given repo, karn will try to match with the deepest configured directory. For the configuration above, any repo under the
~/Fun directory will match the first identity, with the exception of
~/Fun/karn which matches the second identity. If an identity isn't found, the repo is left untouched.