Detailed Gitsign Usage

Signing a Commit

After installing Gitsign and configuring Git to use it as a signer application for your project (or globally), you can sign commits as usual with git commit -s.

$ git commit -s --allow-empty --message="Signed commit"
[main cb6eee1] Signed commit

This will redirect you through the Sigstore keyless flow to authenticate and sign the commit.

Commits can then be verified using git log:

$ git --no-pager log --show-signature -1
commit 227e796042fdd170e58b7e3b7627a1badd320224 (HEAD -> main)
searching tlog for commit: 227e796042fdd170e58b7e3b7627a1badd320224
tlog index: 2212633
smimesign: Signature made using certificate ID 0x815ada5516906a862af8f528d69d3c86e4774b4f | CN=sigstore,
smimesign: Good signature from "" ([])
Author: Billy Lynch <>
Date:   Mon May 2 16:51:44 2022 -0400

    Signed commit


If there is a problem during signing, you may receive an error similar to the following:

error: gpg failed to sign the data
fatal: failed to write commit object

Because of limitations with Git signing tools, Gitsign cannot write back to stderr. Instead, you can use the GITSIGN_LOG environment variable to tee logs into a readable location for debugging.

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