If you don't already have Git installed, you must configure it before using GitHub Desktop.

GitHub Desktop uses the email address you set in your local Git configuration to connect commits with your GitHub or GitHub Enterprise account.

Tips:

  1. Sign in to GitHub or GitHub Enterprise.

  2. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings. Settings icon in the user bar

  3. In the left sidebar, click Emails. Emails tab

  4. Copy the email address you'd like to use in your local Git configuration.

  5. Return to GitHub Desktop.

  6. In the upper-left corner of your screen, select the GitHub Desktop menu. The GitHub Desktop menu in the Mac menu bar

  7. Choose Preferences. The Preferences value in the GitHub Desktop drop-down menu

  8. In the Preferences window, select Advanced. The Advanced Pane in the Preferences menu

  9. To the right of Git Config, in the Full Name field, type the name you'd like to use for your Git configuration. The name field of the Git configuration
  10. In the Email field, paste the email address you copied from your GitHub or GitHub Enterprise account settings.

    Pasted email address in Git configuration field

  1. Sign in to GitHub or GitHub Enterprise.

  2. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings. Settings icon in the user bar

  3. In the left sidebar, click Emails. Emails tab

  4. Copy the email address you'd like to use in your local Git configuration.

  5. Return to GitHub Desktop.

  6. In the upper-right corner of the app, click .

  7. Choose Options. The Options value in the Settings drop-down menu

  8. Under Configure Git, in the Full name field, type the name you'd like to use for your Git configuration. The name field of the Git configuration

  9. In the Email field, paste the email address you copied from your GitHub or GitHub Enterprise account settings.

    Pasted email address in Git configuration field

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