Signing Git Commits With Gpg

Make your code changes with a gpg signature to let everyone know the change is from a digital key of your generating. This gets us all closer to the verified change of code by individuals and helps build confidence in submitting data.

the setup

If your on a Mac like I am, I had to do the following:

  1. acquire a gpg private and public key
  2. install stuff
    • brew install gnupg2 pinentry-mac
  3. tell brew to overwrite gnupg
    • brew link --overwrite gnupg

create a file of /usr/local/bin/pinentry-mac with the contents:

$ cat /usr/local/bin/pinentry-mac
exec "/usr/local/Cellar/pinentry-mac/0.9.4/" "$@"

get the key id you want to use:

gpg --keyid-format LONG --list-keys

tell git which key to encrypt with

git config user.signingkey KEYID-FROM-CMD-ABOVE

tell gpg-agent to use pinentry-mac

$ cat ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf

default-cache-ttl 600
max-cache-ttl 7200
pinentry-program /usr/local/bin/pinentry-mac

tell git config to use the gpg2 program

git config gpg.program gpg2

tell git config to use a credential healper

git config --global credential.helper osxkeychain

enable git gpg signing

git config commit.gpgsign true
Aaron Addleman
Aaron Addleman
Principal Automation Engineer

Fun with programming and infrastructure