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git – Change commit author at one specific commit – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/09/22

Every now and then I forget to git config --local and git config --local, so git takes my global settings and I need to fix one or more commits to it shows the correct author.

For the last commit, when not yet pushed, this is easy:

git commit --amend --author="Author Name <>"

For historic commits, or when you already pushed, it gets far more difficult, so I am glad there is a good set of steps at [WayBackgit – Change commit author at one specific commit – Stack Overflow.

For now in my %USERPROFILE%\.gitconfig file, I have added entries for various accounts so it is easier to spot them with git config --list --global then edit them using git config --edit --local:

    name = jeroenfo
    email =
    name = Jeroen Wiert Pluimers
    email =
    name = Jeroen Wiert Pluimers
    email =

If you pushed, but nobody pulled, and you are the only one committing, then the steps are like this if your git is 1.8 or higher:

  1. Once,
    1. perform git rebase -i --root
    2. at all commits you want to edit, change pick into edit
    3. write the file, then leave the editor (:wq)
  2. For each commit, until git indicates No rebase in progress?:
    1. perform git commit --amend --reset-author --no-edit
    2. perform git rebase --continue


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