# Can you specify git-shell in .ssh/authorized_keys to restrict access to only git commands via ssh

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I'd like to be able to use a ssh key for authentication, but still restrict the commands that can be executed over the ssh tunnel.

With Subversion, I've achieved this by using a .ssh/authorized_keys file like:

command="/usr/local/bin/svnserve -t --tunnel-user matt -r /path/to/repository",no-port-forwarding,no-agent-forwarding,no-X11-forwarding,no-pty ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIetc...


I've tried this with "/usr/bin/git-shell" in the command, but I just get the funky old fatal: What do you think I am? A shell? error message.

The following works for me.

In ~/.ssh/authorized_keys:

command="./gitserve",no-port-forwarding,no-agent-forwarding,no-X11-forwarding,no-pty ssh-dss AAAAB…


In the ~/gitserve script:

#!/bin/sh
exec git-shell -c "\$SSH_ORIGINAL_COMMAND"


Note that if you put gitserve somewhere other than the home directory, you will have to adjust the command="./gitserve" parameter in authorized_keys.