Intro (skip if you’re in a hurry)

One day I had enough of manually entering my ssh keys passphrase every time I was using ssh (pretty much always with git).

I looked up what was available online to have a global ssh agent, shared across all my open and future terminals.

The Arch Wiki mentions mentions a nice way with a Systemd user service. This works really well, but you still need to unlock your keys everytime you start your computer.

Using Gnome’s keyring

Then comes the Gnome Keyring, which already manages all my saved passwords in Chrome, my PGP keys and whatnot. In my system, it was even already managing my SSH keys with its own ssh-agent, but I wasn’t profiting from it, because my shell wasn’t configured to use it!

To know to which agent to connect to, ssh-add relies on the SSH_AUTH_SOCK environment variable, which describes the UNIX socket to the running agent.

In our case, it’s gnome-keyring-daemon -s that provides a way to know which socket SSH should use.

$ gnome-keyring-daemon -s

So all we need to do is to eval the output of that command, so just add this to your .bashrc:

# SSH agent
eval $(gnome-keyring-daemon -s)