Use Git Credential Manager Core to authenticate to Azure Repos

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Visual Studio 2019 | Visual Studio 2017 | Visual Studio 2015

Git Credential Manager Core simplifies authentication with your Azure Repos Git repositories. Credential managers let you use the same credentials that you use for the Azure DevOps Services web portal. Credential managers support multi-factor authentication through Microsoft account or Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Besides supporting multi-factor authentication with Azure Repos, credential managers also support two-factor authentication with GitHub repositories.

Azure Repos provides IDE support for Microsoft account and Azure AD authentication through the following clients:

If your environment doesn't have an integration available, configure your IDE with a Personal Access Token or SSH to connect to your repositories.

Install Git Credential Manager Core

Windows

Download and run the latest Git for Windows installer, which includes Git Credential Manager Core. Make sure to enable the Git Credential Manager installation option.

Select Enable Git Credential Manager during Git for Windows install

macOS and Linux

You may use SSH keys to authenticate to Azure Repos, or you may use Git Credential Manager Core.

Installation instructions are included in the GitHub repository for GCM Core. On Mac, we recommend using Homebrew. On Linux, you can install from a .deb or a tarball.

Using the Git Credential Manager

When you connect to a Git repository from your Git client for the first time, the credential manager prompts for credentials. Provide your Microsoft account or Azure AD credentials. If your account has multi-factor authentication enabled, the credential manager prompts you to go through that process as well.

Git Credential Manager prompting during Git pull

Once authenticated, the credential manager creates and caches a personal access token for future connections to the repo. Git commands that connect to this account won't prompt for user credentials until the token expires. A token can be revoked through Azure Repos.

Getting help

You can open and report issues with Git Credential Manager Core on the project GitHub.