Setting up a GitHub account on Xcode

After setting up a GitHub account in Xcode, you can access GitHub repositories directly from Xcode.

This article explains how to set up a GitHub account in Xcode.

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Generate the access token

To access GitHub with Xcode, you’ll need an access token. Follow these steps to generate one.

(1) Open GitHub and sign in.

(2) Click the account icon in the upper right corner and open “Settings”.

Open the Settings on GitHub
Open the Settings on GitHub

(3) Open “Developer settings” in Settings.

Developer settings
Developer Settings

(4) Open “Personal access tokens” and click “Generate new token”.

Click "Generate new token"
Click “Generate new token”

(5) Enter a name in “Note” such as “Xcode” that identifies the location of use, and set an expiration date in “Expiration”.

I set the expiration to “90 days”. If you choose “No expiration”, the token will have no set expiry date. For security reasons, it is better to put an expiration date than an indefinite period.

Enter name and expiration date
Enter name and expiration date

(6) In the “Select scopes” section, define the operations this access token will be allowed to perform.

Xcode uses this access token, so this operation is allowed from Xcode.

In my case, I checked the following items.

  • admin:public_key
  • write:discussion
  • repo
  • user
  • project

All of these items except project are required by Xcode. Therefore, include the four items other than project.

(7) Click on “Generate token.

(8) The generated access token will be displayed, copy and save it.

The access token cannot be displayed again. If you lose it, you’ll need to generate a new token.

Sign in with Xcode

Sign in with Xcode. Operate as follows.

(1) In Xcode, select “Preferences…” from the “Xcode” menu.

(2) Open the “Accounts” tab.

(3) Click on the “+” button in the lower-left corner of the account list.

Add the account
Add the account

(4) Select “GitHub” on the sheet to select the account type and click the “Continue” button.

Select the GitHub
Select the GitHub

(5) Enter your account and the access token you generated, then click the “Sign In” button.

Sign in with your account and access token
Sign in with your account and access token

(6) Return to the “Accounts” tab. If successful, the GitHub account will be added to your account list.

A GitHub account is added.
A GitHub account is added.

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