I'm using git bash and I setup ssh key using ssh-keygen and each time I do something with a repo git ask me for passphrase for /c/Users/jankiewj/.ssh/id_rsa. Is there a way to disable that passphrase.


You can run this in git bash:

eval `ssh-agent -s`
ssh-add ~/.ssh/*_rsa

it will ask for pass phrase in the second command, and that's it. Each additional action you will need to do (which once required pass phrase) won't ask you for the pass phrase (see an example in the screen shot below):

adding pass phrase in git bash on Windows

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    I have to enter it again, as soon as I close git bash... is there a permanent solution? – Black Sep 18 '18 at 7:59
  • @Black it's per bash session, I've put this in .bashrc so each time I open git bash I get the prompt and for that session I'm all set. – jcubic Sep 18 '18 at 9:36
  • What exactly do you put in .bashrc? And where is .bashrc? – Black Sep 18 '18 at 9:38
  • Edit: nevermind, You have to create the file yourselv in ~/.bashrc then enter the lines from your post into it and save, thats it :) thx! – Black Sep 18 '18 at 9:55

A slightly better and permanent solution is to auto launch the ssh-agent when opening the git bash on windows. You can copy/paste the below in your .profile or .bashrc. I prefer to put it on the .profile


agent_load_env () { test -f "$env" && . "$env" >| /dev/null ; }

agent_start () {
    (umask 077; ssh-agent >| "$env")
    . "$env" >| /dev/null ; }


# agent_run_state: 0=agent running w/ key; 1=agent w/o key; 2= agent not running
agent_run_state=$(ssh-add -l >| /dev/null 2>&1; echo $?)

if [ ! "$SSH_AUTH_SOCK" ] || [ $agent_run_state = 2 ]; then
elif [ "$SSH_AUTH_SOCK" ] && [ $agent_run_state = 1 ]; then

unset env

This solution was taken from this github help article

  • I've put my simple code into .bashrc, how your solution different? On Windows bash each shell is independent so agent is never running when you run the shell. – jcubic Apr 5 at 7:41
  • Solution works fine by putting the code into the .bashrc. Prompting the ssh passphrase only at the first time. Safed my life. Thank you. – Ben Asmussen Jun 10 at 19:39

Im not sure if I want to recommend it, but when you create the Key and asked to set password, just hit enter and skip the password.

Have a look at this link for how to use ssh-keygen: https://help.github.com/articles/working-with-ssh-key-passphrases/

Perhaps ssh-agent can help you somehow. But not sure without knowing your current system.


Enter this git command in your repos location "ssh-keygen -p" This will then prompt you to enter the keyfile location, the old passphrase, and the new passphrase (which can be left blank to have no passphrase). Don't enter anything in new password and it will remove passphrase

  • Leaving a blank password is insecure and many corporate devs won't be able to have a blank passphrase due to restriction. It's a lame workaround, not a solution for OP issue. – cbaldan Jun 2 at 16:06

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