How to Set up Github Personal Access Token

Gaurav Bhardwaj
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In this article, Let’s learn how to set up GitHub personal access token. Github has officially announced – Support for password authentication was removed on August 13, 2021. Please use a personal access token instead.

So you might get an error if you are using password authentication – “fatal: unable to access repo: The requested URL returned error: 403”

Set up Github Personal Access Token:

  1. Login to your Github account & Go to Settings.
Github Repo Page

2. Go to Developer Settings Tab.

Github Settings

3. Click on Personal Access Token.

Setting up GitHub Personal Access Token - Ittwist

4. Generate a new token by clicking on the “Generate New Token” button, then you need to give a note of your token, Expiration Date & Scope of the token.

Setting up GitHub Personal Access Token - Ittwist

5. Click on Generate token button on the bottom, then your token will be finally generated. You can copy the same.

Setting up GitHub Personal Access Token - Ittwist

Now let’s cover how to use this personal access token for the two scenarios, one is – if you have a new repository or the other one – if you have already cloned the old repository.

Use Personal Access Token on New Repository:

If you have a brand new repository that you have just cloned, you can simply push your changes by providing your password as a token in the prompt.

$ git clone https://github.com/username/repo.git
Username: enter_your_username
Password: enter_your_token

Setting up GitHub Personal Access Token - Ittwist

Use Personal Access Token on Existing Repository:

If you have an already cloned repository you can change the URL of the same by executing the below command.

git remote set-url origin https://YOUR_TOKEN@github.com/USERNAME/REPO.git

Setting up GitHub Personal Access Token - Ittwist

Now, you can easily commit your changes, please find the below screenshot for your reference.

Setting up GitHub Personal Access Token - Ittwist

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