Multiple gitconfig

Sep. 3, 2020

I need to do dev of work on my personal laptop. Usually, I will clone the repository and set a work email for that repository by git config <>. That requests config for each working repositories, and if there are other settings, it requires more actions. And most important, I forget to set up it sometimes.

Later, I did search on the internet and found I am actually able to set a separated gitconfig for the specific folder. Below are the steps.

Create a separated gitconfig file


Add the settings you need into the file, like email/name

git config -f ~/.gitconfig-work <>

Now we have gitconfig file for working.

Include the config file to gitconfig

git config --global include.path "~/.gitconfig-work"

Set work folder to use the new config file

git config --global "includeIf.gitdir:~/work/.path" "~/.gitconfig-work"

Then for all repositories inside of work folder, it will use the new config file.


Add isWork to the new config file

git config -f ~/.gitconfig-work core.isWork true

And run below command inside of the work folder to see if the config is applied

git config --get core.isWork || echo false

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