Setting Up GitHub Environment Configurations in Neovim on Linux

Setting Up GitHub Environment Configurations in Neovim on Linux


zshrc and bashrc Configurations
Lazygit Setup and Configurations
Lazygit Usage


For those involved in Open-Source projects, dealing with frequent commits can be tedious, especially when prompted for a username and password during push/pull requests on Git.

Neovim users can streamline their git push and pull operations by configuring it to use GIT_USERNAME and GIT_ACCESS_TOKEN with just a click. This article will guide you through the initial setup needed for this.

.gitconfig configurations

Firstly, let’s incorporate the following helper function into our .gitconfig file to globally recognize GIT_USERNAME and GIT_ACCESS_TOKEN.

In Linux, navigate to the /home/ directory using cd to access $HOME and create or edit the .gitconfig file. If you already have a config file, append the following helper function under [credential] :


# open .gitconfig file
nvim .gitconfig

In the opened file, create a new configuration field like this:

email = …
name = G… B….
helper = “!f() { echo “username=${GIT_USERNAME}”; echo “password=${GIT_ACCESS_TOKEN}”; }; f”
editor = nvim

Then, paste the helper function provided below it and save the file.

When using the shell with the helper function, system-wide variables named ‘GIT_USERNAME’ are automatically called in the username field and ‘GIT_ACCESS_TOKEN’ in the access_token field.

Helper Function: A helper function is a function that assists in the computation of another function. It improves code readability by performing specific calculations and giving them descriptive names.

zshrc and bashrc configurations



Depending on your system’s shell, add the following two lines to its configuration file.

# HOME directory

# if you are using zsh
nvim .zshrc

# if you are using bash
nvim .bashrc

Anywhere in your .zshrc or .bashrc file, add the following variables and replace with the GIT_ACCESS_TOKEN you received from Github.



Lazygit is a dashboard and Git manager that simplifies all Git-related operations onto one screen. It streamlines tasks like commit, file management (add/remove), ignore, merge, branch, pull/push, and more into a user-friendly interface.

Lazygit Setup and Configurations

Astro.nvim users are encouraged to integrate it with ‘lazygit’ installed on their system. Follow the installation steps provided in the links below if you haven’t already.

AstroNvim – Official Website
Github – Lazygit.nvim
Github – Lazygit

If you’re using the ‘Lazy’ package manager in Neovim, install it with the following line of code:

— nvim v0.8.0
return {
cmd = {
— optional for floating window border decoration
dependencies = {
— setting the keybinding for LazyGit with ‘keys’ is recommended in
— order to load the plugin when the command is run for the first time
keys = {
{ “<leader>lg”, “<cmd>LazyGit<cr>”, desc = “LazyGit” }

Lazygit Usage

You can learn the necessary information about usage and key combinations on the Lazygit official website Github – Lazygit.

You can also find the lazygit tutorial on the typecraft_dev channel.