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password required for user git on host

I've migrated to a new Mac, and SourceTree won't let me pull or push. It says "Password Required For user git on host", but neither my Github or Atlassian passwords are accepted. I tried generating a new SSH key and uploading it to my github account, but that didn't work either. Any insight would be much appreciated!

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Update: I still have no idea what I'm doing, but adding this config file fixed the problem:

I've never had to mess with that file, but I couldn't tell you why. Glad you found a solution!

This is along the lines of what worked for me too. However, I found the answer on github and that calmed my nerves for changing random config files. Apparently it's something for macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later.

@DonnaLea Thanks, that page worked for me! I had the issue after upgrading from MacOS EL Capitan to High Sierra. 

Resolved it by using same passphrase as password when prompted that I used to connect bitbucket/git account in SourceTree.

This worked for me!

I was experiencing the same error on MacOS Big Sur, after trying to clone a repo using SSH. Github provided a URL beginning with, I'd paste this into Sourcetree and receive the prompt "password required for user git on host". 

I connected my Github account to Sourcetree using OAuth, so there was no "password" that I could use (as far as I knew)

I found this marvelous comment from DiscDev

Basically it recommends using 'ssh -T'. I tried this in my terminal and received

the authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is (insert RSA fingerprint here).
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no/[fingerprint])?

Typed yes, received

Hi (my user name here)! You've successfully authenticated, but GitHub does not provide shell access.

tried to clone again in Sourcetree (after deleting my Sourcetree entries from Keychain Access) and it's cloning fine using SSH.

I'm not entirely sure why because neither my ~/.ssh/config file nor my Keychain have been edited after this "authentication". I assume there's something on the Github server side? I'm satisfied with the results and moving on to the original coding I wanted to do. If somebody tries it and learns more, I'd invite them to comment on my Answer to appease my curiosity.

I was struggling with this issue for some time - your solution works for me thanks!

Your Atlassian password definitely won't work. GitHub is not an Atlassian product.

If you have 2-Factor Authentication enabled in GitHub, you can follow these instructions to use password authentication in SourceTree:

We would need more information to debug the SSH issue, but you might try ideas from this post:

Thanks so much! I followed the 2FA instructions to generate the token, and went to SourceTree settings > Edit Account and pasted it there (following, but I'm still getting the password required dialog (which doesn't accept the token either). Not sure I understand.

I'd seen the other post, but the Mac app doesn't have the "Tools" menu described in the first answer, and the "correct repo path" in the second answer is how I have things set up already.

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