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Source Tree fails to push. SSH set. Can see projects too.


Can see all repos on github and bitbucket. SSH generated through sourcetree and set up on the websites. However everytime i try to push to repo that was started locally to newly created remote one. I keep getting error:

git -c diff.mnemonicprefix=false -c core.quotepath=false -c credential.helper=sourcetree push -v --tags --set-upstream [changed] refs/heads/master:refs/heads/master

Pushing to[changed]/[changed].git 

Permission denied (publickey).

fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

P.S. $ ssh -T fails.

ssh sored in [username] but it looks that when it testing ssh, it does not try this one..


3 answers

Hi Ana, I can't try that now as I made it working by:

1. Manually deleting SourceTree generated keys froms ~/.ssh

2. Generating new key in ~/.ssh/id_rsa

3. using cat ~/.ssh/ | pbcopy. As when under user settings in SourceTree it was changed to use id_rsa ssh. When pressing copy to clipboard, it copied:


4. Changing config files in both ~/.ssh and project /.git


It still puzzles me why it did not work with key generated through SourceTree.

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Ana Retamal Atlassian Team Feb 27, 2018

Hi Laurynas, can you confirm that you followed the steps at Repository setup?

Also, make sure you're using the right username and the right key. You can see which username is trying to authenticate using:

git -Tv

You can list the available SSH keys using 

ssh-add -l

Let us know!


Seeing your comment about ssh-add I decided to run ssh-add on the key stored in ~/.ssh/<key name> (it wasn't in id_rsa).

That fixed it for me. After running ssh-add <file name> I was good to go. Now it shows up when I run ssh-add -l.

Then I found this question here where the answer says to do just that:

So my question is, why aren't the ssh keys generated by Sourcetree not getting added to ssh-agent?

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minnsey Atlassian Team Feb 27, 2018


If this in on Windows have you tried setting the key in Tools/Options/General tab? 

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