Are you signing in to GitHub for the first time in a while? If so, welcome back! If you can't remember your GitHub user account name, you can try these methods for remembering it.

GitHub Desktop users

  1. In the GitHub menu, click Preferences....
  2. In the Preferences dialog box, verify the following:
    • To view your GitHub username, click Accounts.
    • To view your Git email, click Advanced. Note that this email is not guaranteed to be your primary GitHub email.

GitHub Desktop users

In the upper-right corner, click the icon and select Options.... If you're signed in, you will see your GitHub username and Git email. Note that this email is not guaranteed to be your primary GitHub email.

Finding your username in your configuration

During set up, you may have set your username in Git. If so, you can review the value of this configuration setting:

git config
# View the setting

Finding your username in the URL of remote repositories

If you have any local copies of personal repositories you have created or forked, you can check the URL of the remote repository.

Tip: This method only works if you have an original repository or your own fork of someone else's repository. If you clone someone else's repository, their username will show instead of yours. Similarly, organization repositories will show the name of the organization instead of a particular user in the remote URL.

# Change directories to the initialized Git repository
git remote -v
origin (fetch)
origin (push)

Your user name is what immediately follows the

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