Mehul Kar

Mar 09, 2018

Change Git Commit Authors

Here’s a quick script to rewrite the git author/commiter in a repo. I mess this up all the time if I’m on a work computed making changes to a personal project (e.g. this website), and I want my commit history to use my personal email address, rather than the globally configured work email.

#!/bin/sh

git filter-branch -f --env-filter '

OLD_EMAIL="<addthis>"
CORRECT_NAME="<addthis>"
CORRECT_EMAIL="<addthis>"

if [ "$GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL" = "$OLD_EMAIL" ]
then
    export GIT_COMMITTER_NAME="$CORRECT_NAME"
    export GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL="$CORRECT_EMAIL"
fi
if [ "$GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL" = "$OLD_EMAIL" ]
then
    export GIT_AUTHOR_NAME="$CORRECT_NAME"
    export GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL="$CORRECT_EMAIL"
fi
' --tag-name-filter cat -- --branches --tags

Note that since this changes git history, if anyone else has a fork of this project, they are going to have a bad time. Use responsibly!

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