Git HTTP Username and Password in Environment Variables

Posted December 22nd, 2017 in cloud-software

Sometimes when automating the use of the git command in scripts against GitHub or BitBucket, you may need to supply a username and password using environment variables.

One example is when using a Jenkinsfile groovy script in a Jenkins pipeline build, where you'd like to use credentials from the Jenkins credentials store.

Fortunately this is possible using a custom git credential helper, in this case a simple bash script (however you can use whatever language you like).

Credential Helper Shell Script

The shell script simply needs to echo a username and password back to git. The below script takes the $GIT_USERNAME and $GIT_PASSWORD environment variables, and prints them in a format git understands.

echo username=$GIT_USERNAME
echo password=$GIT_PASSWORD

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Telling Git to use the Script

To tell git to use the script, you need to configure it as a credential helper.

git config credential.helper "/bin/bash /full/path/to/"

You can then run any git command you like inside this repository, and when credentials are needed it will use the script.

Jenkinsfile Example

Here's a full Jenkins pipeline example using the custom credential helper above. It assumes you have checked in the script alongside your Jenkinsfile.

node('node-label') {
    stage('Checkout') {
        scm checkout

    stage('Tag') {
        sh 'git tag my-tag'
        sh 'git config credential.helper "/bin/bash ' + env.WORKSPACE + '/"'

            $class: 'UsernamePasswordMultiBinding',
            credentialsId: 'my-git-credential-id',
            usernameVariable: 'GIT_USERNAME',
            passwordVariable: 'GIT_PASSWORD'
        ]]) {
            sh 'git push origin my-tag'

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