I am trying to push a project to a remote repository from the command line.

From inside my local directory, I hit:

$ git push

and obtain the following error:

remote: Permission to username1/repo.git denied to username2.
fatal: unable to access 'https://github.com/username1/repo.git/':
The requested URL returned error: 403

Where username1 is my github account username hosting the repository I want to push to and username2 is an old account I used to use on this machine.

I am using OS X Yosemite (v10.10.5) on a Macbook Air. And I would prefer to use https instead of ssh.

How do I update to username1 so I can successfully push to my remote?

Edit: To be clear, I am not talking about simply editing the config user object, e.g.,

$ git config --global user.name "Billy Everyteen"
$ git config --global user.email "billyeveryteen@example.com"

They have nothing to do with authentication. My question deals with user authentication necessary to write to my remote repository.

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    Thanks. But that only deals with setting the username. Not authentication. In other words, that documentation shows us how to associate the name of who gets credit for the commits. But it doesn't actually authorize the user to push commits. – Mowzer Apr 11 '16 at 19:03
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    You might be able to change it user the command documented at git-scm.com/docs/gitcredentials . Alternatively, if you want to clear the credentials, you might look at this question stackoverflow.com/questions/15381198/… . – John Apr 11 '16 at 19:14
  • This doesn't resolve the problem! – Mihail Salari Apr 5 '19 at 14:41
  • what if I don't want to change local git settings? – Arkady Nov 15 '19 at 9:37

In addition to changing username and email from terminal using git config:

$ git config --global user.name "Bob"
$ git config --global user.email "bob@example.com"

you'll need to remove authorization info from Keychain. This is something I've also struggled with until I found that I also had certificate in my Keychain.

Open up Keychain access, click on All Items and search for git. You will get some items like this:


Delete them. Now try to push the repo and git will ask you to write password for the user and you will be good to go.

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    What about Windows users? – Aks.. Mar 8 '17 at 6:14
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    i have multiple accounts what should i do – Amerrnath Jan 18 '18 at 8:46
  • I'm having the same issue with win7. I not sure what the solution is :( – Fiddle Freak Oct 2 '18 at 23:04
  • Thank you this worked perfectly – htafoya Apr 16 '20 at 19:34
  • I used to do that but it's annoying when having to switch back and forth between accounts. This answer would be great for the question of how to make the system forget one's credentials; for changing account, I think the accepted answer should be superuser.com/a/1245296/430259. – Tom May 6 '20 at 8:46

For cli users, just use this : git config credential.username 'Billy Everytee'

  • You need to disable 2FA temporarily. – bbaassssiiee Jun 18 '18 at 9:37

List your git config.

git config --list

Change username and email global

git config --global user.name "Nanhe Kumar"
git config --global user.email "info@nanhekumar.com"

Change username and email for current repo

git config  user.name "Nanhe Kumar"
git config  user.email "info@nanhekumar.com"

Change your repo url if you are using bit bucket.

nano .git/config

This file will be something like this.

        repositoryformatversion = 0
        fileMode = false
        bare = false
        logallrefupdates = true
        ignorecase = true
        precomposeunicode = true
[remote "origin"]
        url = https://nanhe@bitbucket.org/nanhekumar/myproject.git
        fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
[branch "master"]
        remote = origin
        merge = refs/heads/master`

            name = Nanhe Kumar
            email = info@nanhekumar.com

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    This is the most thorough answer considering global and local repo scope. – Jordan Stefanelli Oct 3 '19 at 17:57

For Windows User:
Follow Instructions:
Control Panel >> User Account >> Credential Manager >> Windows Credential >> Generic Credential

remove git credential.
next time when you'll push repo it'll ask you for credential.
Answer reference for detailed explanation

  • Thank you! That was what I was looking for on Windows. – JCF Mar 25 '19 at 0:39
  • @JCF Welcome! I am glad it helped! – Shubham Chadokar Mar 25 '19 at 5:23

Other plausible option, if you wanted to use the "new user" on only one project, you can do it by configuring it just for the project's directory in which you are working. e.g:

 git config --local user.name "Mike"
 git config --local user.email "mike@example.com"

note that I'm using --local instead of --global.


If you're on windows you can simply use GitManager (GitAccountManager on npm): https://github.com/paul-hanneforth/GitManager. There you can do it all with only one command.

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    Although it's reasonably obvious from the link & your user name, to prevent being potentially flagged as spam it's always better to make your affiliation clear in your post. – Tetsujin Mar 30 '20 at 12:43

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