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How to authenticate to GitHub using username and password

Published Nov 29 2021

I was setting up a new editor and I was trying the GitHub push workflow.

I committed my changes, pressed “Push” and I got a dialog window to enter my GitHub username and password.

On GitHub I have 2FA set up, so you can’t just login using those credentials.

What I had to do was create a personal access token that’s tied to the app, with the permission needed.

So I went to the GitHub settings, located Developer Settings:

Clicked Personal access tokens:

Now add a name so you’ll remember what this token is for, set the expiration to “No expiration” and enable the repo scope. That’s the only one you need:

Save and you’ll be able to see the token.

Now enter this token as the password in the username/password dialog window.

You’re set.

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