Change commit author and email

I had the situation where a git repository had the wrong author name and email. Before this was going to be published I wanted all commits having the correct author name.

After short research I found this solution:

git filter-branch --commit-filter '
        if [ "$GIT_COMMITTER_NAME" = "<Old Name>" ];
                GIT_COMMITTER_NAME="<New Name>";
                GIT_AUTHOR_NAME="<New Name>";
                GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL="<New Email>";
                GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL="<New Email>";
                git commit-tree "$@";
                git commit-tree "$@";
        fi' HEAD

I put this into a .sh file, replaced the placeholders with my parameters and executed it.