I'm using the ubuntu bash (subsystem) on windows 10 as my shell. I have a gitlab git repository that I cloned. When I use the git from this shell it is separate from my windows git and I'm unable to make it use my SSH key. It just keeps asking for my user/pass. Note that the SSH key is configured correctly in gitlab.

I place my id_rsa and id_rsa.pub in ~/.ssh/ (ubuntu subsystem path)

Any idea?

  • start the ssh-agent with eval 'ssh-agent -s' then load your key with ssh-add. If files permissions and the key is setup on gitlab this should work.
    – xaa
    Nov 28, 2018 at 16:06
  • @xaa , I tried it before, but it doesn't work. By the way, ssh-add works only with eval `ssh-agent -s` and not eval 'ssh-agent -s' (different quotes char). I'm able to add id_rsa with ssh-add but git still asks for user/pass.
    – chef
    Nov 29, 2018 at 9:21

2 Answers 2


OK, I found the problem. I was using an https:// url for the origin instead of an ssh url ([email protected]:...). After switching to an ssh url the ssh key was used.

To view current remotes: git remote -v

To switch a remote: git remote set-url origin [email protected]:XXXXX


Use this command:

ssh-copy-id [email protected]

Change the user to your username, and target to your destination, so it will copy your ssh key to the target system.

  • If I understand correctly, ssh-copy-id is for adding the key on the server. I already have the key on the server. I also have it on my device under ~/.ssh/ . The problem here is that the key on my device is not used.
    – chef
    Nov 28, 2018 at 14:38
  • Thanks @davidbaumann ! Next time I'll be more accurate!
    – Peredat0r
    Nov 28, 2018 at 14:38
  • @Chef then delete your key from the server, maybe it has some formatting problems, if you pasted it manually. this command will do the work for you. :) I had the same issue, and this command did help me out.
    – Peredat0r
    Nov 28, 2018 at 14:42
  • you can also add -v, so it will show you the authentication methods it's trying. Nov 28, 2018 at 15:29

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