Using Git with AWS CodeCommit Across Multiple AWS Accounts
I use AWS CodeCommit to host all of my private Git repositories. My repositories are split across several AWS accounts for different purposes: personal projects, internal projects at work, and customer projects.
The CodeCommit documentation shows you how to configure and clone a repository from one place, but in this blog post I want to share how I manage my Git configuration across multiple AWS accounts.
I intentionally do not have any credentials associated with the default profile. That way I must always be sure I have selected a profile before I run any AWS CLI commands.
Here’s an anonymized copy of my
[profile personal] region = eu-west-1 aws_access_key_id = ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST aws_secret_access_key = uvwxyz0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwx [profile work] region = us-east-1 aws_access_key_id = ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST aws_secret_access_key = uvwxyz0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwx [profile customer] region = eu-west-2 source_profile = work role_arn = arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/CrossAccountPowerUser
If I am doing some work in one of those accounts, I run
export AWS_PROFILE=work and use the AWS CLI as normal.
I use the Git credential helper so that the Git client works seamlessly with CodeCommit. However, because I use different profiles for different repositories, my use case is a little more complex than the average.
In general, to use the credential helper, all you need to do is place the following options into your
~/.gitconfig file, like this:
[credential] helper = !aws codecommit credential-helper $@ UserHttpPath = true
I could make this work across accounts by setting the appropriate value for
AWS_PROFILE before I use Git in a repository, but there is a much neater way to deal with this situation using a feature released in Git version 2.13, conditional includes.
First, I separate my work into different folders. My
~/code/ directory looks like this:
code personal repo1 repo2 work repo3 repo4 customer repo5 repo6
Using this layout, each folder that is directly underneath the code folder has different requirements in terms of configuration for use with CodeCommit.
Solving this has two parts; first, I create a
.gitconfig file in each of the three folder locations. The
.gitconfig files contain any customization (specifically, configuration for the credential helper) that I want in place while I work on projects in those folders.
[user] # Use a custom email address email = email@example.com [credential] # Note the use of the --profile switch helper = !aws --profile work codecommit credential-helper $@ UseHttpPath = true
I also make sure to specify the AWS CLI profile to use in the
.gitconfig file which means that, when I am working in the folder, I don’t need to set
AWS_PROFILE before I run
git push, etc.
Secondly, to make use of these folder-level .gitconfig files, I need to reference them in my global Git configuration at
This is done through the
includeIf section. For example:
[includeIf "gitdir:~/code/personal/"] path = ~/code/personal/.gitconfig
This example specifies that if I am working with a Git repository that is located anywhere under
~/code/personal/``, Git should load additional configuration from
~/code/personal/.gitconfig. That additional file specifies the appropriate credential helper invocation with the corresponding AWS CLI profile selected as detailed earlier.
The contents of the new file are treated as if they are inserted into the main
.gitconfig file at the location of the
includeIf section. This means that the included configuration will only override any configuration specified earlier in the config.
I hope you find this approach useful. If you have any questions or feedback, please free to leave them in the comments.